Janice Mason Steeves
'Earth Poem - Inward Journey'
oil on wood panel 29.5" x 39.5"
'Earth Poem - Thinking Quiet Thoughts'
oil on wood panel 36" x 36"
Janice Mason Steeves graduated from Ontario College of Art & Design and the University of Manitoba. She is represented by galleries in Canada, with work in public, corporate, and private collections in Canada and internationally. As well as an active one-on-one Art Mentoring program, Janice teaches painting workshops in Canada, the U.S., and Europe through a program she’s developed called Workshops in Wild Places. She has also been awarded artist residencies in Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Iceland and Wyoming, USA. She has had several solo and group exhibitions and participated in several artist residencies across the world.
Janice’s exhibition “Earth Poems: Resonance, Rythms and Reflections” is currently featured in the Minarovich gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts from August 5 until September 12, 2021.
“We’ve reached a time in human history when our global environmental crisis requires that we make permanent life-style changes. More than ever before, we need to fall back in love with the land. Silence is our meeting place.” – Gordon Hempton
The artwork of Janice Mason Steeves in this collection expresses a love of Earth. The work communicates a concern for the earth and an abiding love for it. Aiming to acknowledge and to express that meeting place of silence mentioned by Gordon Hempton, Janice’s work reflects her practice of meditation, where the mind becomes quiet and deeper connections are possible.
Applying oil paint in extremely thin, translucent layers that overlap each other her work reflects the rhythms of nature, the seasons, the cycles, the wind. She builds up the surface gradually, layer by layer, creating luminous colour fields that appear to move with the regularity of breath. They are experiential surfaces that offer quiet space, a form of visual meditation.