Caroline Janes

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Hey there! I’m Caroline. I feel weird calling myself an artist, but this website showcases some of the art I’ve made over the years.

I have participated in four exhibitions at the LBJ Student Center galleries and later joined the Fine Arts Advisory Board for the galleries. The pieces in the photo above won “Most Creative”!

Creating art has always been a bit scary for me because I lacked confidence throughout much of my life regarding my art. Although I have refined my skills over the years and that has certainly contributed to a boost in confidence, I have also learned to stop trying to make everything so perfect. Taking art classes has also helped me grow creatively and in a technically and that has also helped my self-esteem as an artist. Although I will say, I still feel weird referring to myself an artist!

Growing up, I took watercolor lessons at my local YWCA with Mr. Martin. Ever since then I guess you could say watercolor has always held a special place in my heart. Although watercolor can be a “fussy” as one of my professors so poetically put it, I still find that it is the easiest medium to work with for me.  

Watercolor has more instant gratification and can work as drawing tool as much as a painting tool too. However with watercolor, once things dry, there’s pretty much no going back after that. Oil paintings can be reworked and painted over lots of times where as watercolors can get overworked pretty easily and there’s no “eraser” like there is with other mediums. Painters must be concise with their decisions in watercolor and be able to map out a painting before they lay paintbrush to paper. 

It was truly a once in a lifetime experience to study abroad in Florence. The art and art history there is unlike anywhere else. During my studies, I was had to draw something (usually from my surroundings) each day and it certainly improved my skills from the beginning of the month to the end. The name of the course I earned credit for was “Drawing in Firenze” and I couldn’t think of a better place in the world to hone in my drawing skills than in Italy. I couldn’t have asked for better professors or classmates to guide and experience the beauty that encapsulates Florence. Several of the drawings featured on my drawing page are from my studies in Italy.

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