Janae Lehto, Mebane Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement
I've always considered myself an artist, whether or not I was actively pursuing it. My dream was to become a starving artist, but as this became a reality after receiving an art degree, I decided to do what many people do-find a regular 9 to 5 job.
My current struggle is to continue being an artist while working full time and raising children. While some people restart their art career after retirement, I don’t want to wait that long. I'm always looking at life as if it were a still life, portrait, landscape, etc worth painting.
Even though landscape paintings are what I prefer, I don't like to paint them. When I look at landscapes, the details in them (the people/animals/flowers/leaves), are what inspire me to paint.
By "paint", I'm using a broad term since it really depends on the subject. I mostly use colored pencils/watercolors for florals, charcoal for portraits, and charcoal/watercolor for animals.
Our children keep my husband and me very busy but highly entertained! Somehow my husband managed to build a studio for me - from scratch and all by himself! (Well, my "then" 2 year old may have helped some). Feel free to browse my blog for photos of the inside.