“I’m all about the light. I enjoy painting the effects of the light in the landscape, rather than merely recording the literal image,” says Barbara Jaenicke. A favorite subject for the artist is snow, which she says provides her with plenty of spectacular light effects. In 2015, she convinced her family to move from Atlanta to Bend, Oregon, so she could have more opportunities to paint snow, as well as plenty of other amazing scenery. “Although I often enjoy zooming into an image to capture the nooks and crannies of the landscape, I’m also inspired by the broader mountain vistas,” says Jaenicke.Her style is impressionistic, as she enjoys capturing a moment in time in an edited, painterly style. As an artist, her goal is to leave many areas of the painting merely implied rather than thoroughly rendered, but still achieve a genuine capture of the landscape.
“My hope is to continue to push my skill level further and explore additional subject matter,” she says. Working in both oil and pastel, Jaenicke has achieved Signature status in Oil Painters of America (winning the silver medal in the 2019 OPA Western Regional Exhibition) and American Impressionist Society (second place in the 2018 AIS National Juried Exhibition); she is also a Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies.
Jaenicke is represented by Mockingbird Gallery in Bend; Authentique Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah; and The Artful Deposit in Bordentown, New Jersey. The artist will have an exhibition of new works at Mockingbird Gallery from March 6 to 31.
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