“Regardless of what I paint, when I am painting I am truly happy and at peace”
A versatile and multi skilled artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi has many awards to her name, most recently the prestigious “Black Swan Prize for Portraiture”. The $50,000 award, donated by the Lester Group was presented to Jana at the award ceremony at the Art Gallery of WA on 11 November 2017.
Her artwork can be divided into three categories: “visual dairies”, which include paintings from her extensive travels, portraits and “fantastic realism.”
While her “Fantastic realism” is her signature work that allows her to tell the story and express her ideas and beliefs in an interesting and creative way, she also loves painting portraits and landscapes. Jana is currently working on two new collections: a series of paintings and impressions from her travel to the Kimberley region and “fantastic realism” paintings inspired by the book “Half the Sky”; hoping to bring attention to modern slavery and the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
Traveling in The Kimberley left Jana with a deep desire to create a collection of paintings which would celebrate this part of our beautiful country.
“The textures and colours of this region are amazing, the unique wilderness and vastness of the land is breathtaking and the spiritual energy is overwhelming”, she said.
‘The Kimberley has been painted many times before’, Jana comments, “and it will be painted again and again. Once you step into this landscape there is no way you can just leave and forget it. It is as unique as each artist who has tried to preserve its beauty for posterity”.
Jana’s work can be viewed by appointment in her private gallery at unit 7,16 Yampi Way, Willetton.
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