Most important I have found that my journey to self-knowledge has provided me with inspiration for my most successful art. Should I attempt to provide insight for other artists, I would suggest that they look within and the work will come.
My earliest interest in creating began in my very early years about the age of six with an overwhelming attraction to color. I always felt that I could touch color. Color had vibrations I could feel - both physically and spiritually. Now those relationships and tensions among colors help me create emotional statements. Using color allows me to create art that is alive.
As I began seriously working in art again in 1986, the work was traditional realism, and I worked mostly in watercolor. However, several years later I began working in mixed media with a special interest in the texture of painted surfaces. Quickly, my work moved into the realm of abstract and non-objective art. Further exploration led me into printmaking, which included monotypes, collagraphs, and multimedia printmaking. My art now is moving more toward the third dimension
As a twenty-eight year veteran of the art scene, O’Neal’s work has received critical acclaim in festivals and exhibitions throughout the country. Prestigious art galleries and top publishing companies represent her, including the publisher Editions Limited, one of the top four publishers of fine art in the country.
Her works include paintings, mixed media assemblages, photography and sculpture; however she is most famous for her energetic abstract works and multimedia assemblages. Years of painting experience and experiments with texture and collage processes merged with the found objects and became a new exciting form of art that carried with it a new voice for the artist. The work moved from the abstract to this form of art that was more of a commentary on life itself and the spiritual side of it. In the last several years has moved back into the Abstract with large multi- dimensional, vividly colored abstracts with deep texture and cast resin additions and encaustics.
Some of the most current work revolves around photography, traditional digital photographs and mixed media works where photography is the dominant media. She has traveled to Israel, Jamaica and India the past several years photographing people and places for her new art. She has won 2nd place and two honorable mentions in the prestigious Georgia O’Keefe Museum’s International Photography Competition, First Place in the 2014 New Mexico Magazine’s Photography competition,2nd place in The International WPGA Pollux Photography Awards and is a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Competition. Her work will be exhibited in the 3rd Annual Biennial of Photography in Spain 2014.
Janet’s continuing desire to experiment fuels an excitement about her future. Experimentation has been the reason her work continues to evolve, keeping an ever growing following of clients and corporations collecting her art.
“My work as an artist is intrinsically connected with my life and personal growth”
B.S. Administration of Criminal Justice
Additional 2 Years Art Curriculum University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Selected Studies with leading American artists including: Rudy Pozzatti, Glen Bradshaw, Maxine Masterfield, Carole Barnes, Sharon Montgomery, Barbara Nechis, Carrie Brown, Bernice Ficek-Swenson and John M. Swenson: Landmark Editions, Destiny Allison: Santa Fe Clay and The Penland School,Photographer George DeWolfe, Photographer Marcel Perez, Santa Fe Photography Workshops
JURIED NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:
North Carolina Watercolor Society
Women's Work 1985 National Exhibition
Watercolor Oklahoma National Exhibition
National Watercolor Society
Pennsylvania Society of Watercolor Painters
Southern Watercolor Society
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum International Photography Contest 2013 Winner 2nd place,and 3 honorable mentions
Winner 2o14 New Mexico Magazine Photography Competition 1st Place
2nd place in The International WPGA Pollux Photography Awards 2014
Finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Photography Competition 2014.
Her work will be exhibited in the 3rd Annual Biennial of Photography in Spain 2014
Participated in 14 solo exhibits and 20 special group shows, including exhibitions at:
JRB Gallery, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
The Jayne Gallery, Kansas City Missouri.
The Shayne Gallery, Montreal.
Burlington Industries Corporate Headquarters Art Council of Wilson NC.
Artisans Gallery, Austin Texas.
Council of the Arts, Goldsboro NC.
Jill Flink Fine Art, Gallery Raleigh NC.
Gallery A, Chicago Illinois.
NCNB Corporate Headquarters, Greensboro NC.
Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe NM.
NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS:
Festival of the Masters Disney World, Florida
Coconut Grove Art Festival,Coconut Grove, Florida
Las Olas Art Festival Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oakbrook Invitational Art Festival Oakbrook, Illinois
Port Clinton Art Festival Highland Park, Illinois
Festival of the Arts Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
57th Street Art Fair Chicago, Illinois
Old Town Art Fair Chicago Illinois
Austin Art Festival Austin, Texas
Gasparilla Art Festival Tampa, Florida
Boca Raton Museum Art Festival Boca Raton, Florida
National Virginia Beach Art Festival Virginia
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts Miami, Florida
Mainsail Art Festival St. Petersburg, Florida
Old Orchard Art Festival Chicago, Illinois
Cain Park Art Festival Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Ann Arbor Street Fair Ann Arbor, Michigan
Park City Art Festival Park City, Utah
Winter Park Art Festival Winter Park, Florida
Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, Colorado
Plaza Art Festival Kansas City, Missouri
Longs Park Art Festival, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth Art Festival, Fort Worth Texas
Portland Art Festival,Portland Oregon
Scottsdale Art Festival, Scottsdale Arizona
La Quinta Festival of Art, Palm Springs California
Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito california
St. Louis Art Fair, St Louis Missouri
Milwaukee Festival of the Arts Mi lwaukee Wisconsin
Uptown Minneapolis Art Festival
Naperville Riverwalk Art Festival, Naperville Illinois
Des Moines Art Festival,Des Moines Iowa
Bellevue Art Festival, Bellevue Washington
Art fair on the Square, Madison Wisconsin