“Painting, like storytelling, must express a truth. Rather than replicating an image, a painting expresses the essential elements of its subject.”
“Painting, like storytelling, must express a truth. Rather than replicating an image, a painting expresses the essential elements of its subject. I often paint a lone figure on a pathway, and that has become a theme in my art. Art is a pathway to explore ourselves, our relationships with each other, and our relationships to the environment. Composition and color replace the demand for literal elements. Texture depicts the effects of the elements on the subject. I strive to interact with the viewer through a more casual, intimate conversation, punctuated by spontaneous brushstrokes and color-saturated or subdued by the sun and wind of the high desert.”
Janis Commentz, known for her color-intense palette and loose brush strokes, teaches classes and workshops in the Mojave Desert . She has a B.A. from the University of Redlands and M. Ed. – CSUSB. Although Commentz grew up near the coast, she believes desert beauty is an acquired taste. She began drawing and painting early in life as the daughter of an artist. In 1977, she moved to the desert to teach high school. She has exhibited at Gallery 62, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, the Purple Agave, Rainbow Stew, 29 Palms Art Gallery, T.E. Studios – Riverside, and the Redlands Art Association. Commentz participated in the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours, Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exposition, Joshua Tree National Park Spring Art Festival, Art Faire at CSUSB and Art for Heaven’s Sake. Commentz served as Gallery 62 Director during 2016. She has been the featured artist at the Glass Outhouse Art Gallery and the 29 Palms Art Gallery.