Artist Jan Bushart

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Artist's Statement 
"I paint because I must. I may be so inspired by the way light strikes a particular scene for a brief moment in time that I simply need to paint it. I find painting on location (en plein air) to be the most honest and direct form of painting there is. I literally immerse myself in the scene. We become one for a while, sharing our secrets on canvas. I can feel the cool breeze, smell the salt air...while I gradually become aware that the tide has come in and the waves are trying to steal my easel. There is an urgency to capture the fleeting light and shadow patterns that make plein air painting so fascinating. (There can also be the need to complete the painting before the tide comes up.) "
"Nothing sharpens an artist's skills like painting on location.  A successful painting is like a symphony. All of the color notes should be harmonious with one another except for purposeful dissonance for contrast. Any fine tuning of a piece must be limited to leave space between the notes and allow the viewer the opportunity to relate to the painting in their own way. I want share the 'essence' of the scene. I moved to Hawaii because it is truly the most inspiring place I've ever painted. Hawaii is a land of contrasts and has the perfect balance of warm and cool colors. Blue waves turning to white foam as they crash into black lava."
The diversity of people and cultures in the islands are intriguing and mysterious. When I paint on location I absorb more than I realize at the time and it restores my spirit.  I also enjoy painting in very diverse environments like California, Arizona and Colorado.  It keeps my eyes fresh and surprised by different [...]

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