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.

You will notice that the titles are in Latin. I want to allow the viewer time to linger over the art without feeling pressed to find something specific in it. The Latin names identify the living thing I’ve embedded. Since it isn’t anyone’s native tongue anymore, I assume it will slow most of you down. (Sorry, biologists, probably not you guys.)

Janet Stoeke

Janet Stoeke is a full time artist living in Fairfax, VA.  She paints to stay sane.

Photo by Suz Redfearn

Abstract everything

For some time, I responded badly to viewers who saw something in my abstracts that I didn’t intend. Those paintings were known to them as “the one with Donald Duck up in the corner” or the “bathtub one,” which could get me kind of cranky. Despite my painting over the offensive found-realism, the paintings remained …


It’s a worry, for someone like me to have boatloads of time on my hands. When the pandemic hit, I was very uncertain. But for some reason, I have been able to channel it into paintings. I know I am lucky, and tend to treat this windfall as a fairly magical occurrence. I am well …

Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)