Janet Bothne explores relationships between color and space, finding rhythm and a musical balance to be necessary components of her compositions. She calls saturated color her "natural antidepressant," though she admits that she's come to enjoy the serenity that is found in quieter palettes as well. She believes good abstract art straddles the familiar and enigmatic, inviting the eye to enter and wander.
Bothne works on canvas or paper, layering pigment, collage elements, and glazes to create her compositions. She confides that the beginning is her favorite part of the process, when she feels free to be in a state of play. As she progresses, she becomes more careful and thoughtful, often just staring at her work for long periods until a resolution becomes clear in her mind's eye.
Janet Bothne studied art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and The Fuller Museum School in Brockton, MA. She has augmented her training with various adult education classes at UCLA and Brentwood Art Center in California.
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