Award winning Janet Vanderhoof, an acrylic and oil painter, creates figurative as well as landscape paintings with the common thread being her bright, powerful, vivid color and her blend of Fauvism and Impressionism, originating what she calls “Modern Impressionism”. “Art in Life and Spirit in Art” her motto, indicating her love of beauty and the spiritual, reflected in her art and in her life. Her spirit is an undercurrent in all her paintings, which is expressed mostly through color and its vibration. She has an uncanny way of handling color that uses both a complicated palate and wild imagination. She loves to create unusual combinations of oil and acrylic pigments, juxtaposing bright with neutral, cool with warm, harmonious with chaotic. She keeps pushing the envelope, her desire to surprise you with an authentic emotional experience.
Janet Vanderhoof is a published artist with Grand Image in Washington. She not only is selling her work POD (Print on Demand), but is also selling her work through Artaissance, a Berkshire Hathaway Co. also known as Artthatfits. Artaissance acquired close to 40 of her images to produce and sell her prints and giclees. Although many galleries have represented Vanderhoof in the past, she currently is selling her art online and doing private shows. Because of her flair for decorating and style, she is very comfortable doing commissions and creating that unique piece or pieces for your home or office. Her art shows usually consist of series works. Janet’s collectors are both women and men, locally and internationally. Many of her collectors are professionals, attracted to her work and subject matter, have inquired her to paint numerous paintings for their office and home. Her work can be found in the homes of John Bates and Nancy Witter Bates (of the Dean Witter Family) as well as writer and innovator Tim Hurson.
Janet received her B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in French. After that she received her degree in the “school of hard knocks”, being one of the first lumber sales women in the United States. Although her stint in the lumber industry was quite successful, she returned back to school after her son with Down’s syndrome was born to “follow her bliss” and become an artist. She began her journey in 1989 at Gavilan College taking all their undergraduate art electives, from figure drawing to oil painting, winning the Theater Angels Scholarship for artist showing most promise and growth. Not wanting to go through the academia route again, she then explored taking workshops and classes for the next 15 years from the best of the best, including Diane Wallace, George de Groat, Mike Linstrom, Charles Movalli, Camille Przewodek , Charles Sovek and others.
It appeared Janet was born with a story created by her French mother who was found by her military father during the WWII, coming out of the subway in front of the Opera in Paris. Her father immediately falling in love married her and took her home to the U.S. A few years later, her parents were stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, birthplace of Janet Vanderhoof. After leaving Germany, Janet then traveled around the U.S. from New Jersey to California, with a stop in the middle to the Aleutian Islands, Adak Alaska, where she discovered her love of nature. She grew up mostly in Silicon Valley experiencing the growth from walnut groves to high tech. She is currently married with three boys and resides in Northern California.