About Janis Doucette
I have been involved with some form of art or craft for most of my life – particularly drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, printmaking, fiber and photography. At Cape Cod Community College, I took every art class they offered. In San Francisco, enrolled in the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Program at UC, Berkeley, SF, I became enthralled with surface design and began to experiment with floorcloths and polymer clay jewelry.
Upon returning to Cape Cod, I was a polymer clay artist, which eventually gave way to a career as a painter of furniture and creative painted treatments of interiors, including faux finishing and glazing techniques, marbelizing, woodgraining, murals and making custom stencils and stenciling.
Due to carpal tunnel syndrome and worsening arthritis, I changed my course again and taught myself relief printing, which lead to learning numerous forms of printmaking,
a medium which has held my interest now for many years. Currently, I print and dye textiles, often combined with photography and various printmaking methods to create textile/mixed media collages. I continue to work with paint and printmaking methods.
Nature is often my subject of choice. Usually, I’m simply immersed in the creative and investigative process of making art. Sometimes I try to evoke a response that inspires the viewer to contemplate and preserve our precious natural resources, and to explore the relationship between man and nature. Yet, I explore whatever subject that stirs my interest at any given moment. Life and art cannot be thwarted by artificial barriers, so I try to simply stay true to myself in my artistic pursuits.
My textiles and prints have been in exhibitions locally and internationally. ”Origins” is on the current, April 2018, edition of Art Quilt Quarterly.