Janet Howard-Fatta
Warwick, New York

It would be hard not to think about Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers when looking at Janet Howard-Fatta’s still lifes . Janet’s paintings embody the same sense of life and hope within the freshly gathered flowers, contained in a vase like a gift. However, Janet’s pieces are bold and contemporary. The bright warm colors, flat planes of receding space, and interesting angles take from some of her favorite west coast artists, such as Richard Diebenkorn and David Hockney. Janet even paints some of her bouquets beside the pool (a little homage to Hockney), capturing the dance of light on the water in impressionist brushstrokes. Janet, herself a gardener, clearly falls in love with each bouquet she paints. This appreciation and awe is captured in every painting, each one feeling like the precious, ephemeral height of a romance.

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Janet Howard-Fatta 4/27/2016 | 3:37 PM

Hello Artists, Collectors, Friends, Family, and All, I’m delighted to be sharing my art here on UGallery along side so many creative artists. Thank you UGallery for your organization and passion to this platform. Please let me know any questions or comments here about my work. Thank you, Janet

Velvet Elvis

Oil painting on stretched linen
Signed on front

31.5" h x 25.5" w x 2" d
6 lbs. 9 oz.


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This is a painting of one of my container plants from last summer. The plant is called "Velvet Elvis". Beautiful purple flowers with velvety dark leaves. By August it was full size and stunning. I started with a magenta wash, and left this color poking through the painting.

The piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and is framed in a natural wood floater frame which has been painted black inside. The edges of the canvas are slightly visible and painted black. The frame is 2 inches deep. It comes ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched linen

Linen fabric is the preferred surface for paintings. Linen is favored over cotton for its strength, durability and archival integrity. Linen is a rare surface in the United States because of its high cost. When a linen artwork is labeled stretched, it means the linen has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched linen artwork typically does not require framing.


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