WHY DO I CREATE ART?

All Images and Content © 1980 - Present (2017) Copyright Janet Tarjan Erl

When I had advanced cancer twelve years ago, I changed my perception of reality and saw how the power and complexity of every thought and action I have influences the universe. As an artist, it means that every work of art I create, in turn, creates what I want in the world. The reason I choose Nature as the inspiration for my art is because it represents how I want my world to be – beautiful, creative, honest, and harmonious. I want to enrich people's lives - not destroy them. I do not want to add to our destructive human story - a tragedy unfolding and reinforced by contemporary, dystopic expressions. On the contrary, I want people to be inspired, curious, and grateful; and my preferred way to do this is to allure them with Nature's brilliant creativity, awe inspiring beauty, and miraculous forces.

I choose realism to pursue this goal because it is easily understood, and it compliments the subject matter. For instance, when I paint a tree realistically, I learn about it's adaptation and whether it was ravaged or nourished by nature. That tree writes its history through the way it has grown and adapted, and if I take the time to fully observe that tree, I will learn about these things and can share them through my art. Thus, I help others gain subtle, deep learning of the unfolding mysteries of Nature.

I am not ashamed that my art is believable and easy to recognize. Nor do I need to apologize for doing traditional art rather than conforming to the popular modernist movement. I am inspired to do what I do - and do it as best I can, and - hopefully, I can create what I want to see in the world - inspiration, beauty, curiosity, and love.

           

All Images and Content © 1980 - Present (2017) Copyright Janet Tarjan Erl