New Self Observed, Submission:
Janice GravelyBarton College, Wilson, NC
Joy, August 3, 2011, Oil on Linen, 20” x 30”
BIO
           A senior, I have returned to college in the continuing education program of Barton College, Wilson, NC.  As a child during the Great Depression I used every scrap of paper around to draw on.  In Los Angeles, California, we had excellent art training from elementary school on up, but I became absorbed in academics in high school and college.  After marriage and children I discovered I could catch a likeness in pastels, pencil, oil, and watercolor media. , and eventually I did portraits of family, commissions and city notables for public buildings.  Travel abroad offered new venues.   An extensive watercolor diary resulted from visits in England, Bermuda, Russia, Israel, Italy, China, Thailand and the west and east coasts of the US.  In 2009, a collection of 79 of my paintings in several media hung for three months in NC Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center gallery.  In 2010, thirty new oils were shown in Winston-Salem sponsored by the Winston-Salem Associated Artists.  A series of oil paintings, “Flags on Falls Road from the Memorial to the Mill”  is scheduled for the Imperial Arts Center, in Rocky Mount, NC for the month of November 2011.
Artist’s Statement
          “Ever learning and never coming to the full knowledge of the truth” a wise one has said about me and perhaps others.  However, I bring to my art a joy shown in this painting that should encourage any younger artist.  After a lifetime of painting for my own pleasure, I discovered that others want to share in my joy.  Such an expression is neither shallow nor profound, but without apology I can model the value of art in life.  I find the following statement true in art and life – unlike in athletics:  “Even in old age they shall still bring forth fruit.”

New Self Observed, Submission:

Janice Gravely
Barton College, Wilson, NC

Joy, August 3, 2011, Oil on Linen, 20” x 30”

BIO

           A senior, I have returned to college in the continuing education program of Barton College, Wilson, NC.  As a child during the Great Depression I used every scrap of paper around to draw on.  In Los Angeles, California, we had excellent art training from elementary school on up, but I became absorbed in academics in high school and college.  After marriage and children I discovered I could catch a likeness in pastels, pencil, oil, and watercolor media. , and eventually I did portraits of family, commissions and city notables for public buildings.  Travel abroad offered new venues.   An extensive watercolor diary resulted from visits in England, Bermuda, Russia, Israel, Italy, China, Thailand and the west and east coasts of the US.  In 2009, a collection of 79 of my paintings in several media hung for three months in NC Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center gallery.  In 2010, thirty new oils were shown in Winston-Salem sponsored by the Winston-Salem Associated Artists.  A series of oil paintings, “Flags on Falls Road from the Memorial to the Mill”  is scheduled for the Imperial Arts Center, in Rocky Mount, NC for the month of November 2011.

Artist’s Statement

          “Ever learning and never coming to the full knowledge of the truth” a wise one has said about me and perhaps others.  However, I bring to my art a joy shown in this painting that should encourage any younger artist.  After a lifetime of painting for my own pleasure, I discovered that others want to share in my joy.  Such an expression is neither shallow nor profound, but without apology I can model the value of art in life.  I find the following statement true in art and life – unlike in athletics:  “Even in old age they shall still bring forth fruit.”