Series: Found

If I happen upon a wildflower or a salamander while I’m outside, something shifts. I feel both connected to and awed by the moment. I love that feeling and it is similar to a feeling I get sometimes at museums. I have been exploring the recreation of that pop of surprise mixed with presence in my work. Some of these paintings have an element of realism added specifically as a nod to that experience.

Turning Point, 2022

Janet Stoeke

Janet Stoeke is a full time artist living in Fairfax, VA.  Some of her work can be viewed at the Artists’ Undertaking Gallery 309 Mill Street, Occoquan Historic District, VA 

Photo by Suz Redfearn

Things keep changing.

So far, I think that what looks like a backward step (painting somewhat realistically again) might really be a breakthrough for me. I paint things again (trees, sky, snow on leaves) but without the “copy-what-you-see” feel. I go out, walk around, and bring home some hopeful colors, using my memory, and my phone if I …


It’s a worry, for someone like me, to have boatloads of time. When the pandemic hit, I was very uneasy. But for some reason, I have been lucky. I’ve channeled it into 48 paintings so far. I think of this windfall as a fairly magical occurrence. I am well aware of the many possibilities, and …