"There is an excitement that rushes through me when painting plein air, feverishly painting to capture what is in front of me before the clouds, weather and light changes. "
American born, painter, Brianne Janes, was introduced to Plein Air painting by well-known New York artist, Harry Orlyk, who has been documenting American farmland for over thirty years. After that introduction, it became clear to her what creative direction to take. “To document, capture and preserve our landscapes and history before they disappear or change. Over the years I have been hired by people and land owners to come on-site and paint a special view or a place that holds meaning. Whether it is the old view out a kitchen window to take to a new home or land that has seen generations...this is where I find the most joy...in painting the land stories.”
After meeting Harry, she was invited to paint along side many other modern-day landscape masters in a workshop in Bozeman, Montana. Among those painters was Louisa McElwain. The years following that workshop, Brianne moved to the beautiful landscape of New Mexico where she was able to be mentored by the late Luisa. "Watching Louisa paint was watching fearless magic. She taught me what it was like to really just go for it, not to think too hard and let myself become a vessel that the expression is simply moving through. I have never painted since without thinking of her, her smile and her passion."
Now, a new resident to the Oregon Coast, she is inspired by the soft mystery and intrigue of the Northwest. She approaches the canvas with boldness, harnessing the deep connection of spirit and the land.
A professional painter for nearly 20 years, Janes paints on-site (en plein air) and in studio. Her works have recently caught the attention of private collectors and commissioners nation-wide.
For more information about a custom on-site piece or other commissions please contact Brianne at 505.469.4252.
"A big blank, white canvas intimidates me. I start all of my paintings by toning the canvas with cadmium red. This gives a rosy hue to my work."