Artist Statement

I call my style of painting “minor abstractions.”  That’s because I apply watercolor and acrylics using strong colors and shapes. That creates impressionistic images with broad strokes and abrupt color changes. My work helps bridge the gap between impressionism and representational art.

My preferred subject is people, all kinds of people – ordinary people from all walks of life. Faces that show fleeting thoughts and emotions, times when we are unaware and most like ourselves, these challenge me to capture them on canvas.

Retired from Stanford University, I am now a professor of Sociology at the College of San Mateo, often drawing on students and fellow colleagues for inspiration. I am represented by Art Liaisons in San Carlos and City Art Gallery in San Francisco. I am an active member of the Burlingame Art Society and a signature member of the Society of West Coast Artists in San Bruno.


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Jane Henri