Thursday, December 16, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Janet McKenzie, The Holy Family, 2007
Oil on Canvas, 42" x 54"
Collection of Loyola School (New York, New York)
© Copyright Janet McKenzie
I am privileged and delighted to present work by the internationally renowned painter Janet McKenzie in today's new Artist Watch column in the online arts magazine Escape Into Life.

A dedicated celebrant of diversity and inclusiveness, Janet McKenzie "reflects our time's awareness of suffering and injustice. In just those depths she celebrates our common humanity," says Lois Eby (Vermont Public Radio, August 21, 2002). Known for her painting Jesus of the People, which has been featured worldwide in print, online, and in documentaries, Janet "honors the feminine spirit" in her diverse sacred and secular paintings and gives "visual voice" to the continuing struggle for racial, religious, and gender acceptance and equality.

Today's Artist Watch showcases eight of Janet's exquisite, thought-provoking paintings and includes her Artist Statement and biography, as well as social media links. Information about each of the paintings, which could not be more appropriate for the Christmas season, also is provided.

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