Painting, for me, is a form of meditation. Painting with watercolor can feel like I am doing nothing.
Being with brushes. Being with water. Being with washes of color. Simply Being.
Each morning I create a page in my journal. Sometimes I linger with a cup of coffee. Other times my ritual is brief. These daily drawings begin with whatever is right in front of me. In the kitchen. At the table. There is always a bowl of fruit. It holds as much or as little as the household needs for the week. I notice the changing quantities and variations in the bowl because they reveal who is home. When I look at this bowl, it tells a story about the pace and pattern of my family. Up in my studio these same objects become symbols for children, siblings and their relationships.
The bowls of eggs represent motherhood and the careful process of protecting children and letting them go. It can feel like an endless balancing act. Incorporating hebrew prayers started as another form of ritual. I am fascinated by the typography of the aleph bet. Some of my favorite prayers are deeply embedded from childhood and the joyful Shabbat services of summer camp.
I have been an artist all of my life. My undergraduate training was as a graphic designer at the Rochester Institute
of Technology. Years later, I became curious as to how children learn art in schools and earned my Masters in Art and Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, I am a Holistic Art Educator at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Jane D. Kunzman