Janice Rafael gathers inspiration for her art by being a mouse and couch potato. Home is in Western Canada – Sunshine Coast, BC.
In the beginning … Janice won an art award in junior high (yeah!) – leading her to believe she could make it as an artist. Many detours later she returned to the arts – teaching art classes at James Bay Community School Center, Victoria, BC and at Jewish Care, London England.
Janice’s work was accepted in juried group art exhibitions in Toronto, Ontario; London, England and Sechelt, BC. Currently Janice’s art is being represented at and can be purchased from Fresh from the Coast gallery in Sechelt, BC.
Over the last three years, Janice has been an arts event planner. Clients included The Eleven Equal Artists for Power of Paint (2013-2014) and the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl (2014-2015) . Currently, Janice works full-time as an artist.
Janice is available for freelance opportunities or you can buy her art. Contact by email. Artist Statement/Bio/CV below.
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It all starts with colour … walking along the Sunshine Coast, images on Pinterest or attending gallery openings – ideas come from everywhere. My art reflects a commitment to recycling, often using canvases or frames found in local thrift stores when possible. Once I select the composition and three main colours – I start squeezing and pouring on the paint. My process is like performance art. I work with the canvas on the floor and I use my whole body to scrape, scratch and move the paint on the canvas – sometimes revealing sections of the under painting and other times adding colour – working wet on wet. I get lost in the moment as the art magically appears.
I’m fundamentally concerned with capturing and representing the natural world through recycled materials. “My work represents a balance between seeing other lives in discarded objects, enthusiasm for transformative images and intuitive engagement. I strive to unite these altered images by enhancing representative imagery, resulting in work that extends the natural beauty of reality.”
Janice Rafael is a self-taught emerging artist who creates paintings in various styles using acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. She is also a printer, photographer, sculptor and potter.
Janice taught arts and crafts classes to children in Victoria, BC; and to seniors and users of mental health services in London, England. In London she managed a large arts and crafts department where she taught a wide range of skills: sewing, knitting, crochet, weaving, silk painting, pottery, wood burning, sculpture, wall murals, basketry, mosaics and fine art painting in oils, acrylic, and watercolour.
As a self-taught artist, her approach to art is non-traditional. Janice strives to understand the “rules” of art, but then often pushes their boundaries to achieve the effects that touch her emotions through the use of intense colours and patterns. She sees many colours in each subject and often uses colours based on the feeling they bring to the painting. Janice likes to introduce new ways of seeing to the people who view her art.
Her work has been presented in juried art exhibitions in Toronto, London, England and Sechelt, BC and she is currently exhibiting as part of a three artist show in Sechelt, BC. Janice recently had the pleasure of studying under the direction of the English watercolour artist Jenni White, through a three-week workshop around Spain and Portugal. From 2013-2014 Janice was the event coordinator for the Eleven Equal Artists’ Power of Paint art exhibition, in Sechelt, BC and from 2014-2015 she coordinated online marketing for the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.
Oct 21-23, 2016 Solo Exhibition, Janice Rafael Art, Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, Artist’s Studio, Sechelt, BC
Nov 1 – Dec 31 2015, Group Exhibition, 3@101 Art Exhibition, One-O-One, Sechelt, BC
July 11-Aug 8 2016 Solo Exhibition, Local Treasures Art Exhibition, Daffadowndilly Gallery, 426 Marine Drive, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V1
Oct 16-18, 2015 Solo Exhibition, Janice Rafael Art, Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, Artist’s Studio, Sechelt, BC
Sept 1 – Oct 31 2015, Group Exhibition, 3@101 Art Exhibition, One-O-One, Sechelt, BC
May 21 – Sept 12, 2015, Juried Exhibition, Sechelt Community Art Display, Sechelt Library, Sechelt, BC
Shades of Gray, Doris Crowston Gallery, Sechelt BC, 2015
FOG Exhibition, Doris Crowston, Gallery, Sechelt BC, 2015
Metamorphosis, Doris Crowston Gallery, Sechelt, BC, 2014
Carte Blanche, Doris Crowston Gallery, Sechelt, BC, 2013
Obsession, Doris Crowston Gallery, Sechelt, BC, 2012
British Wizo sponsored by the Ben Uri Art Society, London UK, 1995
Heritage Preservation, City of Toronto, Toronto, Ont, 1993
Works held in private collections in Canada, USA, and England
2015, Private Commission, Portrait
Honors & Awards
Arts Award, Brooks Jr High, Powell River, BC
Online Marketing, Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, BC. 2014-15
Event Planner, Power of Paint Art Exhibition, Eleven Equal Artists, Sechelt, BC, 2013-14
Sessional Instructor & Manager, Arts Dept., Stamford Hill, Jewish Care, London, UK, 1994-6
Sessional Instructor, James Bay Community School Centre, Victoria, BC, 1985
Jenni White, watercolour artist, West Cork, Ireland