Jane Strauss, Minneapolis Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement New comment from a fan, which about sums things up "(your pictures) are wonderful because you look at the details of the world around us with wonder and amazement that makes you unique. " Thanks, Daniela!
Jewish New Year is in a month, and once again I have a calendar. The Jewish calendar for next year features Israeli feral cats. 2015 calendars will feature those same cats, images from the Inclusion project, and probably some kind of automotive images, to be determined.
A new product in my Cafepress shop, http://www.cafepress.com/janesprints , is the journal, wirebound with any of a number of images on the front and your choice of four types of acid free heavyweight paper. A variety of cards, winter holiday cards, and others, plus Bar and Bat Mitzvah cards, are available in my card shop at http://www.cafepress.com/janesprints.
Current and upcoming showings:
For all of September, some of the Chicago: View from the Second Story images will be displayed at Health East on Aldine Avenue, St. Paul.
Dance images in black and white will be displayed as part of ArtPrize, in Grand Rapids, MI for three weeks, starting September 24, 2014. They may be seen at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Website for the Festival is www.artprize.org.
If you are interested in shopping from current stock in addition to or instead of ordering from the web site, please contact me to arrange a showing at my home/studio in South Minneapolis. If you are convenient to Minneapolis, and wish me to sign a piece purchased from the website, please contact me by telephone or email to schedule this service.
One of my fans puts it this way:
"Jane Strauss captures images with her camera that most of us would never take the time to look close enough to see - the detail on an old car's hood ornament, the lush growth along a flooded waterway, the frosted roses as winter approaches, and the delicate tendrils of wildgrass. Her images are sharp, crisp, and sigh-inspiring, making the viewer wonder how much beauty and detail they have missed by not looking closely enough at our environment. It is a wonderful gift to be able to see these details and hidden images through Jane's eyes. Her renderings using digital software allow her to bring certain elements to light so that what might seem to others like the simplest subject - a bird on a tree, or old tools, turns into true art."
I have been interested in art since forever. I first picked up a camera in the late 1960s on the East Coast, when at the age of fifteen I learned to shoot and develop 35 mm black and white film. I’ve been enamored of graphic arts ever after. Since then, I have tried to be practical, pursued multiple academic courses of study, relocated to the Twin Cities in the mid-1970s, raised a family, worked with community organizations, nonprofits, and in the practice of law, before returning to my first love, art. As a digital photographer, I am largely self-taught, only beginning to work at that craft in 2004, after my eldest daughter had become an artist and teacher in the medium.
My art flows from who I am, a person placed on the autistic spectrum in midlife who has often wondered why I see detail many folks miss. I look at the trees and the forest, and see the geometric shapes between and within them. I wait for the animals to settle, and come right up to them for a look. I notice small details and parts of things that for the usual person blend in with their surroundings. I look up to the sky when many would look down or straight ahead. I focus on reflections. Once images are digitized, I use Photoshop to crop, enlarge and adjust them to reflect what I sa