JANINA TUKARSKI ELLIS

painting

Contact Information:

Flatiron Building
1207 Pendleton Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29611
(864) 905-3405

Artist Statement

I paint with the knowledge that everybody is intriguing. Everyone is the hero of a story. Every moment is the climax scene in its own novel. My personal challenge is not to seek out remarkable inspiration, but rather to seize a seemingly mundane, everyday moment and illuminate it in a manner that reveals its beauty and poignancy. I adore painting from photographs. They allow me to capture fleeting expressions, subconscious gestures and rays of unexpected sunlight. However, I persistently undertake studies from real life to further my understanding of the subtle language of the human body and the mysterious nuances in the play of light. Painting with both acrylic and oil allows me to manipulate deep textures both visually and tangibly. I prefer to capture the initial subject and composition of a painting with acrylic and then build up the depth, intensity and texture with oil paint. While painting, I focus on capturing the contrasts and colors in a scene, rather than each minute detail. The true charm and allure of a painting derives from its implication rather than its precision.

Directions

From S. Main St take Pendleton St approximately one mile into the Village of West Greenville. Studio is on the left in the FlatIron Building.