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Janet Nelson's work is appearing "In the Shadow of the T'ang Dynasty Horse through Sept. 14 at the Carbondale Clay Center gallery.
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Editor’s Note: Janet Nelson’s work is appearing in the “In the Shadow of the T’ang Dynasty Horse” show, featuring 15 national and local artists’ equine-inspired ceramic art and paintings through Sept. 14 at the Carbondale Clay Center gallery. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends by appointment. Information 963-2529.Janet NelsonArtist statement: Growing up with a strong interest in art, and a love for animals, fish and birds, has inspired me, since childhood, to experiment with a variety of artistic techniques – both two and three dimensional – depicting the creatures I love to watch.Currently I mostly work with steel or aluminum single strand wire, with a technique similar to hard crochet, allowing me to create three dimensional pieces that have the feeling of line drawings.They are generally finished with an etching primer, followed by a rust-colored or black-finish coat, although some are finished with a clear coat, especially the occasional copper or silvery wire pieces.Although I create life-size forms from mice to horses, my favorites lately are cats, in a variety of poses; fish, from trout to dolphins; roosters and eagles. I do, however, continue to remain open to experimenting with other forms, as well as techniques, including a variety of fabricated meshes, especially for the larger works, or single strand two dimensional wire minimal line drawings, illustrating a variety of forms (commonly western themes).It is constantly a challenge to capture the essence of an animal’s movement or repose, a bird’s flight, or a swimming fish, but the more I study them, the more I am struck by their beauty.Artist background: I grew up in the Bay Area of California and moved to Colorado in my late teens.Artist education: I am self-taught.Shows and gallery exhibitions: I have participated in many local exhibitions, such as the Wild Woman Show, the Valley Visual, and the Roaring Fork Annual. I currently have work in local galleries: Basalt Gallery, Chepita, Aspen Artists Cooperative and Woody Creek Gallery, as well as galleries outside of Colorado.Family information: I am married with a daughter who is a senior in high school.How did you get started as an artist? After submitting work to an early Roaring Fork Annual Art show, I was approached by a local gallery who was interested in showing my work.What do you do in your free time? I like to balance the solitude of working in the studio with playing mandolin with the Last Minute String Band. I also like to hike with friends and travel to get fresh visual inspiration.What’s your favorite medium? I like to work with many different mediums, however wire sculpture is one of my long-standing favorites.Who’s your favorite artist? Alexander Calder, Bill Gersh.What or who is your biggest influence? The world around me constantly influences my work.The Post Independent is asking accomplished artists to participate in “Eye on Artists” by providing clear, descriptive and fun explanations about what makes them tick as artists, including experiences in their field, hobbies and inspirations. Return completed forms to April Clark at aclark@postindependent.com, 945-4487 (fax) or 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.


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