Artist Statement by Jeannette Sommers
Each painting has a story to tell. I am drawn to the presence of a painting by its' interaction with its' environment as well as the richness of colors, 'shadows and light' and the emotions that it invokes in me. My wish is that when you look at one of my works of art, you will be transported to a different time, a place of peace evoking your own inspirations and aspirations.
The process of finding my subjects is all part of the adventure. These stories are an interaction between nature and me. I get a surge of energy when searching through crop fields, forests, ditches and farms. Although I love nature and paint natural surroundings, I have chosen to give focus on cars as well as landscapes and occasionally other inspirations i've come upon. I achieve this by using a technique that involves breaking down the landforms into bits of abstract color. With color plates, reference books, many photos, and the advice from car enthusiasts, everything aids in being precise with the differences in years, makes and models of cars chosen for art.
I use oil on canvas with an underpainting in the style of 'the Old Masters'. I love the colors which have an organic, earthy rustic harmony and tone.
I get excited about the parallel between vintage cars and buildings and our Elders. Being an aboriginal descendant, it is all about the stories. The stories told by our Elders and the Classics reminisce about being an integral part of society in a distinct and special time; now at rest, while still keeping us entranced with the promises of the past. Those wonderful memories of vacations, visits, work, relationships, births, marriages, and even deaths speak from these cars.
I hope that my paintings inspire the need to share wisdom and love, hardships and successes, and the longevity and tenacity of life.