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Night dance

Rough, improvisational, many-layered.
By Janet Madill
Winter 2012 11.1.12

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Night Dance. © 2010 Janet Madill. Oil on canvas, 4 x 3 feet.

Janet Madill, a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon, spent most of her adulthood on “the intellectual side of life.” She returned to her early love of art and finished a senior thesis in painting in 2008. She writes of her work:

“A certain roughness and improvisational quality mark most of my paintings. They are usually many-layered, as is my life. One layer often speaks to the next one in surprising ways, and a sense of adventure and curiosity about the next direction keep me fully present as I paint.

“Looking long and hard at the natural world is key as I proceed day to day. I like looking really close up and sometimes as far away as another galaxy. A part of me is often asking, ‘What’s it all about?’ even as I suspect the answers will remain full of mystery.

“My work is often open to multiple readings, some but not all of which I perceive ahead of time. I see the world as a very complex, diverse place and hope this is mirrored in my work.”


This article appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of UU World (page 23). See sidebar for links to related resources.

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