Janel Bragg Biography
Janel grew up in Florida, Washington State and Alaska, where her parents modeled and encouraged creativity. She graduated from high school in Barrow, Alaska, and went to her first year of college at University of Alaska, Anchorage. She then earned an A.A. degree at Skagit Valley College in Washington State before transferring to Marymount College of Fordham University in Tarrytown, New York, where she was an English major/Studio Art minor. She took a design class which taught her rules of composition which she incorporates into all of her paintings. She completed her junior year as well as an internship at Dorling Kindersley Publishing, where she continued to learn about design. She finished up her four year degree at Washington State University by distance after moving back to Washington State. Since college, she studied color theory, figure drawing and art history online with the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Her informal education includes studying on her own about the German Expressionists and Leonardo Da Vinci, and reading about composition and drawing by authors like Arthur Wesley Dow and Daniel M. Mendelowitz. She says that fourteen years of experimentation on her own has taught her the most, and that the encouragement of a mentor, who has heartened her since her father died, has given her the motivation to produce many paintings.
Her process involves working quickly and spontaneously from her own photography and imagination, which she says adds life and movement to her paintings. Her work has been shown in galleries in Washington State, New York and Pennsylvania, including being juried into the 76th Annual Open International Exhibition of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Her work has also been reproduced and hangs in the suites of the Shelburne Hotel by Affinia in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, in New York City, as well as published in Horizons magazine. One of her paintings will also be published in a forthcoming issue of Bombay Gin, the literary journal of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman at Naropa University.
Comments from people about my art:
"A very different and exciting use of watercolor."
"and what I love about your art, and this is from my heart...it's honest..natural...special...keep going. :)
"Please keep in touch as most of the artists I collect are dead :)"
"By the way, your paintings are very powerful and delicate at the same time. I think they tell a lot about your personality. I love your art. Brava!"
"Your art talks back. You are living in paint."
"Janel, you know how to get to the heart of a scene."
"Your paintings are confident, tender, clear, ambiguous, great."