The Fly, by Janice Trecker
In Plain Sight: Paintings by Janice Trecker
Stevens Gallery , Homer Babbidge Library
Curator: David Kapp
Janice Trecker is a professional novelist and teacher who has drawn and painted all her life, producing recognizable images long before she could read and write. Allergies ended her ability to paint with oils, but for the last twenty years, she has painted seriously in acrylics.
Although some of the images in this show are the result of Trecker’s travels in western Canada, Florida, New York, and Mexico, most were inspired by people, animals, and scenes within a 30-mile radius of her home in Hampton. “I seldom paint from life, except for portraits and figure studies,” she says, “but I always travel with a sketchbook, and I am rarely without one when I attend events with my husband Jerry, a former teacher and sportswriter.”
The images in this exhibit are diverse, ranging from the excellent models of the Monday Night Drawing Group at Eastern Connecticut State University, to fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence and puppets at the Ballard Museum, to scenes of the Goodwin State Forest, Bafflin Sanctuary and the artist’s garden. “But they all have one thing in common,” Trecker says, “Each emerged out of the daily flux of images to form a picture that suggested some of the radiance, energy and mystery of everyday life. To capture those things has been my sole ambition.”
Trecker prefers a hard surface and paints almost exclusively on Masonite panels. Her work is representational but very far from photographic, and the paintings are often exaggerated in both form and color in an attempt to capture the rhythms of the subject.
Janice Trecker was a philosophy major at Syracuse University and earned her doctorate at the University of Connecticut. She has published nineteen books and numerous short stories and articles.
Fireworks, by Janice Trecker
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