Shelter Island, NY based artist, Janet was the winner of last year's Fine Art category. In my art I try to balance the tension between beauty and environmental destruction in portraying our world. We live in exciting, precarious times. Today the most dramatic changes are witnessed instantly… world wide information available to all.
I have painted many aspects of nature, the dark volcanic islands of the Galapagos, the fierce beauty of the Grand Canyon, the incredible vanishing animals of Africa as well as the degradation of the wilderness of America. My response was to paint a Billboard Series and the Industrial Park Series using silver paint, iridescent pigments, and dimensional collage materials that parallel the actual detritus of today’s toxic environment. In true George Orwellian doublespeak, industry calls its sites “parks”, its clear cutting, “making open space”, its killing, “harvesting,” and denies global warming. With the population reaching 7 billion, environmental awareness and active conservation are crucial to meeting our needs for the necessities.
Take a look at her website: www.janetculbertson.net