Artist janice hightower
Come in to my studio, and I'll tell you a little about myself. My most extraordinary experiences have come from living a life focused on art. Through exploring art and the cultures of the people who created it, in person as well as in books and school, I've come to know myself, and to understand life, others and the Divine in magnificent ways that would have been impossible for me otherwise. Allowing my heart, mind and imagination to pour forth freely into paintings and drawings has transformed my consciousness and my life experience in ways I never dreamed possible.
As an American artist, I longed to know people from other places and different cultures. So, I have lived in a number of different cities and travelled a lot to those areas whose cultures and art were important to me. I also resided in breathtaking Sedona, AZ where I wrote a newspaper column about art and was appointed a Commissioner on the Sedona Arts and Culture Cmmission---both fabulously interesting, fun-filled art experiences. Now I joyfully spend my days making art in my studio that opens onto a sunny patio full of fragrant flowers, and walking the beach with my little dog.
My wonderful education made my childhood dreams come true because it allowed me to study all of the things I loved. That's how I ended up with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Fine Art from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a Bachelor Degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Illinois, along with a private pilot's license.
Painting ideas come to me in words, feelings, even colors and then I sketch them out to get a feel for what they'll look like when they take form in paint. I don't plan the colors; they call to me [...]
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