Noted local painter and Renewal exhibition juror Jannelle Loewen won awards with her art at the 2018 Northwest Pastel Society’s International Show, the 2016 Northwest Pastel International Show, and too many additional awards to mention here.
An artist since childhood, she is obviously passionate about painting. Jannelle works in her studio every day, and sometimes produces 2 finished paintings a week; she has been consistent in doing that for well over 20 years. Jannelle’s impetus is to capture the ‘spiritual’, social and psychological — visually. Jannelle believes art speaks all languages, and those who can do careful study of symbolism, color, values and composition — produce, from the heart, a true soulfulness, a special kind of insight. Politics, social circumstances, all objects and big subjects are on her radar. Every detail in our visual world can be a message — clouds, sunsets, storms, the simple or funny, the complex and the multi-layered. With study, everything can be a window to a higher level of knowing.
Jannelle grew up in boonies Oregon, married early and came to college late. She raised (and homeschooled) 2 children, and through it all, stayed true to her passion for artmaking. "Making money and having a career seemed to bypass me,” says Jannelle. “I am ‘way out there’ in my spontaneous randomness, and it’s taken me a long time to be more concrete and sequential in my thinking. I’d love to have made loads money, but those opportunities didn’t happen to me. I’m envious of people who seem to have it all, and hope to learn how to do that in another life. Maybe. Somehow, in my life, painting, parenting, educating, meditating and enjoying the fascination of seeing patterns in clear running water, and watching shapes and colors in all of nature got in the way. Understanding what layers of meaning are in each and every thing is what I want to know. We each have a different path.”
Jannelle is a signature member of Northwest Pastel Society and a member of many other art groups and associations. Naming them all isn’t what important to her — “just being present in the moment and passing on what I think will illustrate unity, insight and peace in my artwork seems most meaningful.”