Artist of the Month - Janis Pastore SmithArtist Reception: October 11th, 2014 | 4-7:00pm
Janis Pastore Smith graduated in 1968 with a degree in art from the Univeristy of the Pacific. At Pacific, she studied with Professors/artists Larry Walker, Richard Reynolds and Richard Yip. After graduation she began a 25year teaching career, with time in between to raise a family with husband Andy. After retirement in 2008, she returned to her love of art studying watercolor and drawing from Deanna Hunt through Pacific’s Olli Program. She continued her studies at Pacific under the tutelage of Professor and artist Lucinda Kasser. There she began working in oils, discovering her passion for the rich, vibrant colors and energetic brush strokes the medium allows. Her landscapes are inspired by her travels through Italy and by many trips into the Sierra Nevada and seaside areas in and around Pacific Grove. She continues exploring the medium, expanding into the area of still life, figure drawing and Japanese style, by taking workshops with artist Peggi Kroll-Roberts.
Her most current work continues to reflect her love of the natural beauty of California along with incorporating figures in various landscape settings.