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.”

Pink On Top
Pink On Top

Oil | 12 x 12 | 9JPM288 | $700

Full Bloom
Full Bloom

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

Blue Banner
Blue Banner

Oil | 36 x 48 | 9JPM138 | $4800

Afternoon Snack
Afternoon Snack

Oil | 30 x 40 | 9JPM169 | $3200

Zen: Number 2
Zen: Number 2

Oil | 18 x 18 | 9JPM210 | $975

Venus
Venus

Oil | 48 x 50 | 9JPM152 | $6250

The Shadow Rose
The Shadow Rose

Oil | 24 x 24 | 9JPM195 | $1600

Fresh Cut 2
Fresh Cut 2

Oil | 40 x 40 | 9JPM197 | $4500

Pink Banner
Pink Banner

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

Strawberry Delight
Strawberry Delight

Oil | 40 x 30 | 9JPM168 | $3200

A Slice of Life
A Slice of Life

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

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

Oil | 30 x 40 | 9JPM202 | $3600

Jane Explains
Jane Explains

Oil | 24 x 30 | 9JPM219 | $2160

Zen Series: Number 3
Zen Series: Number 3

Oil | 20 x 16 | 9JPM207 | $960

Fresh Cut 1
Fresh Cut 1

Oil | 44 x 34 | 9JPM196 | $4500

Drama Cones
Drama Cones

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

Vincent's Room
Vincent's Room

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

Peppermint Sticks
Peppermint Sticks

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

Presentation
Presentation

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

Tulip
Tulip

Oil | 48 x 60 | 9JPM131 | $5350

Gourds
Gourds

Oil | 60 x 48 | 9JPM158 | $6000 Framed

Weather Series: Katrina Rosa
Weather Series: Katrina Rosa

Oil | 40 x 40 | 9JPM199 | $4800 Unframed

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

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

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

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

Triple Threat
Triple Threat

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

Sweet Six
Sweet Six

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

Gerber Daisies
Gerber Daisies

Oil | 60 x 62 | 9JPM137 | Sold

Rusted Relic
Rusted Relic

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

Pumpkin Study
Pumpkin Study

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

Bucket With Jar & Rock
Bucket With Jar & Rock

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

Gigolo At The Museum
Gigolo At The Museum

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

The Redwoods Love To Dance
The Redwoods Love To Dance

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