The other day I went to visit my friend Janet Purcell in Hopewell. (Her painting, at left, is titled “Freeze Dried.”) Jan’s house could be in Vermont, surrounded as it is by woods. Her sunny spaces are just like her paintings, and her favorite room, where she served me lunch, is the screened-in porch with that view of the woods.
It was my first time visiting her studio, and her canvases of sensual flower close-ups, Cape Cod scenes, shore birds and woodsy landscapes fill the house — they are on all the walls and fill the neatly organized room she keeps her studio in.
In addition to painting and maintaining her beautiful garden, Jan writes a weekly column for The Trenton Times, is at work on her second novel, travels and spends time with her grandchildren. She admitted she hadn’t picked up her paintbrush since a recent exhibit she had at the Chapin School. “I have so many paintings,” she said.
I have visited many artists whose studios are filled with paintings, but the drive to create keeps them going. And so, Jan, my vote for you is: Keep painting! Keep creating your world!