Janet Read artist statement 2018
My recent work radiates saturated and subtle colour in response to the narrative of light over land and water. "Atmospheric abstraction" describes the forms of paintings inspired by cloud and radiant light.
Lake Simcoe’s colour, space and light have informed my painting practice after my return to this landscape several years ago. Remembered land/lakescapes are imbued with the cumulative effect of looking and remembering. I spent two decades on the shores of Lake Ontario in Port Hope, Ontario and have travelled on the Bruce Peninsula and north of Superior absorbing the inland seas of our province as yet another site of experience of atmospheric narrative and drama.
."Janet Read's abstract works are like landscapes of consciousness that metaphorically interpret various states of being of the natural world," says Christian Bernard Singer, 2016, Senior curator, Tom Thomson Gallery.
The infinite curve of a vast horizon is my inspiration. The rhythmic parade of cloud, mist, rain, wind and waves engendered by these bodies of water, our inland seas, fascinate me and compel my work.