We welcome Janie Coltrin to the Arts Guild. Janie’s paintings are unique in that they are painted front to back. They are large and colorful and effectively convey her happy demeanor. We sat with Janie for a few minutes to gain some insight into her process.
Janie, when were you first drawn to art?
I grew up in a very artistic home where my mother was involved in one art project or another. I would have to say I was exposed to different art forms from a very early age. However, my focus was primarily music until I embarked on an Architectural Photography career, from which emerged my passion for painting. As I looked through my camera lens I began to see shapes and color with a completely different distinction.
Did you have a teacher that stands out?
I have had so many amazing teachers in my life that it would be difficult for me to single out just one. While attending the University of Hawaii my classes were mainly in music, so as far as art teachers are concerned, my mother has always been an amazing resource for me. Otherwise, I am primarily self-taught.
Do you teach classes?
No, not art classes yet, but I did teach fine woodworking and cabinetmaking at a community college while I was living in Hawaii, and I really enjoyed that. They were part of an Adult Extension Program and had about 20 people per class. My students built anything from bookshelves to kitchen cabinets. I was involved in the program for about 3 years.
What is your schedule of the day?
I usually start painting and sketching around 9:30 in the morning and then stop around 1:00 for lunch, and then I go back into my studio after lunch until about 6:00. I really love the ocean, so sometimes I take the day off and go to Jenner or San Francisco Bay to enjoy the boats. I usually take my camera and some sketching materials and often end up with ideas for future paintings.
Do you listen to music or other media?
Yes, I really enjoy all types of music but when I’m painting I really like to listen to Instrumental Chill.
What do people not know about you?
Well, I really enjoy fly-fishing. I enjoy it so much that I traveled to Tasmania for one of the most amazing fly-fishing experiences of my life. Tasmania is an amazing ecological frontier with water that is so pristine the reflection off of it is mesmerizing.
Where would someone never find you?
At a pie eating contest.
What do you feel is the future of art – of all kinds?
I don’t really know where art might be headed, but it seems to be growing and redefining itself at a very rapid pace. As the world grows more complex with electronic devices, it will be interesting to see if there is a gravitational pull toward traditional art forms, or if new forms that rely on electronic applications take the spotlight.
Thanks for your time, Janie, and welcome to the Arts Guild!
Janie’s art is exhibited at the Arts Guild most months. Also, check out her website: www.janiecoltrin.com for more information.