Chattanooga, TN | Painting, Mixed Media
For Jan Chenoweth, art has been a life-long pursuit enriched by her formative years in South Florida and unquenched wanderlust. She was born in Miami Beach, Florida and after many stops along the way, now resides and works in Chattanooga, TN. Her BFA studies were primarily at the University of Illinois and Virginia Intermont College with a concentration in painting. She received her MFA in Studio Arts with a sculpture concentration from Florida State University. Her early years in the tropics provided a rich stimulus for the sense of color and texture that have remained a vital part of her art throughout her career. Colors, forms and structures have always been starting points for her art.
The human connection to the natural world Is a tenuous one even if we think otherwise. Within moments upheavals, man-made or natural disasters, can yank the complacent rug out from under us. There is a texture to the aftermath, a tactile rich beige landscape of leftover bits. I am drawn to both the horror and power of the scenes. Colored shapes no matter how small stand out forming a visual relief. Links to the human element. I seek these shapes, textures and colors. They are the beginning of finding order in the chaos.