Janis Marckstein

Janis Porter Marckstein, a Texas native, explores a wide range of emotions and attitudes in paintings that reflect life’s simplicity and complexity, while celebrating its joy and occasionally lamenting its sorrows. She begins her paintings using photo-realism techniques and then suddenly departs from them in unexpected ways. Her recent work, for example, includes larger-than-life studies of simple objects that offer viewers the opportunity to perceive strength in a workman’s glove and experience life in a bucket. She also selects certain studies to transform into abstract paintings. Moving from the perceptual to the conceptual, the artist exposes viewers to the beauty in a dab of rust and helps them discover truth in the curve of a pumpkin. 

 

A natural realist whose art education took place during the heyday of abstract expressionism, Marckstein was warned upon graduation that the worst thing she could do as an artist would be to “go to Austin, Texas, and paint bluebonnets.” So that’s exactly what she did. Then, with a passion for still life, she spent four years in the studio tirelessly honing her technique. Soon galleries began to seek her out. Today, her work offers an enticing surface abstraction when viewed up close, along with a distinctly realist image from farther back. While her painting begins with an 8-by-10 photo for reference, shortly in the process, she explains, Marckstein abandons the photo and goes “off on my own path, my own little adventure.”

Eight
Eight

Oil | 20 x 20 | 9JPM229 | $1200 Unframed

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Pink On Top
Pink On Top

Oil | 12 x 12 | 9JPM288 | $700

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Full Bloom
Full Bloom

Oil | 60 x 72 | 9JPM135 | $7200 Framed

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Blue Banner
Blue Banner

Oil | 36 x 48 | 9JPM138 | $4800

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Afternoon Snack
Afternoon Snack

Oil | 30 x 40 | 9JPM169 | $3200

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Zen: Number 2
Zen: Number 2

Oil | 18 x 18 | 9JPM210 | $975

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Venus
Venus

Oil | 48 x 50 | 9JPM152 | $6250

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The Shadow Rose
The Shadow Rose

Oil | 24 x 24 | 9JPM195 | $1600

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Fresh Cut 2
Fresh Cut 2

Oil | 40 x 40 | 9JPM197 | $4500

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Pink Banner
Pink Banner

Oil | 48 x 36 | 9JPM140 | $5400 Framed

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Strawberry Delight
Strawberry Delight

Oil | 40 x 30 | 9JPM168 | $3200

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A Slice of Life
A Slice of Life

Oil | 65 x 39 | 9JPM107 | $5000 Framed

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Shadow Series: Tulips and Glass
Shadow Series: Tulips and Glass

Oil | 30 x 40 | 9JPM202 | $3600

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Jane Explains
Jane Explains

Oil | 24 x 30 | 9JPM219 | $2160

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Zen Series: Number 3
Zen Series: Number 3

Oil | 20 x 16 | 9JPM207 | $960

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Fresh Cut 1
Fresh Cut 1

Oil | 44 x 34 | 9JPM196 | $4500

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Drama Cones
Drama Cones

Oil | 24 x 18 | 9JPM155 | $1600 Framed

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Vincent's Room
Vincent's Room

Oil | 36 x 48 | 9JPM66 | $5400 Framed

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Peppermint Sticks
Peppermint Sticks

Oil | 36 x 48 | 9JPM146 | $6900 Framed

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Presentation
Presentation

Oil | 48 x 36 | 9JPM163 | $5100 Framed

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Tulip
Tulip

Oil | 48 x 60 | 9JPM131 | $5350

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Gourds
Gourds

Oil | 60 x 48 | 9JPM158 | Sold

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Ink Blot Series: Scarlet Letter
Ink Blot Series: Scarlet Letter

Oil | 24 x 24 | 9JPM205 | $1925 Framed

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Outer Space Series: Red Boxes
Outer Space Series: Red Boxes

Oil | 24 x 30 | 9JPM218 | $2160 Unframed

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Triple Threat
Triple Threat

Oil | 36 x 48 | 9JPM173 | $4500 Unframed

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Sweet Six
Sweet Six

Oil | 48 x 48 | 9JPM172 | $6900 Framed

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Gerber Daisies
Gerber Daisies

Oil | 60 x 62 | 9JPM137 | Sold

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Rusted Relic
Rusted Relic

Oil | 30 x 40 | 9JPM118 | $4000 Unframed

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Pumpkin Study
Pumpkin Study

Oil | 40 x 40 | 9JPM108 | $6900 Framed

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Bucket With Jar & Rock
Bucket With Jar & Rock

Oil | 48 x 48 | 9JPM161 | $6900 Framed

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Gigolo At The Museum
Gigolo At The Museum

Acrylic | 20 x 16 | 9JPM226 | $960 Unframed

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The Redwoods Love To Dance
The Redwoods Love To Dance

Oil | 30 x 40 | 9JPM201 | $3600 Unframed

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