December 6, 2018- March 1, 2019

The Jansen Art Center is pleased to welcome work by Elizabeth Wonnacott to the Chamber Hall this Winter. The exhibit, Romantic Rural, opens with a reception from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 6.


“I have deliberately painted idealized images of the barns, the people and the animals as a way of preserving and honoring this aspect of our Americana. I love to paint representatively but provide an unexpected expressive, abstracted approach in my selection of color, expression, texture and composition.”

The paintings by Elizabeth Wonnacott are about the substance of paint, the accuracy and abstraction of objects and subjects, the use of descriptive gesture in brushwork and the clarity of a very limited color palette.

A common feature in the artwork is the dramatic depiction of light and shadow. Wonnacott will imagine her colors in full warm sunlight to emphasize detail and contrast with flat, simple shadows that often become the essential compositional element.
While looking at left-behind architectural beauties, Wonnacott conjures a vision that life on these homesteads was charming, simpler and more fulfilling but knows in reality the past occupants lived lives of hard work, difficulty and sacrifice. While creating this art, Wonnacott explored the connection between what was real and her own sentimental and romantic perspective.

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