exhibit at Paradise
By: James Warden
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:07 pm
Faribault residents will have a chance to review pet portraits or take
an unfamiliar look at the Windy City when two Twin Cities artists visit
Paradise Center for the Arts for the organizations first reception
and Jane Strauss will be showing their works there through March 6,
but Fridays reception will let art aficionados chat with the artists
about their work.
never planned to paint pets. She was laid off in Thanksgiving of 2008
and, like many people, couldnt find another job. While the St.
Paul native was out of work, she was asked to paint a friends
has been painting her whole life. But her work up to that point had
been more emotive than realistic. She initially turned her friend down
because she wasnt sure she could deliver.
like to paint stories usually, she explained. I finally did it
because I had no money and a lot of free time, and it turns out I can
has since started working as a Trader Joes artist, but she still
paints pet portraits. The centers walls are covered with dog and
cat paintings that her customers loaned back to her for the exhibit.
paint her Yorkie-shih zu-schnauzer Bacon in as little as
six hours. But most paintings are delivered to the customer in one to
three months because shes such a perfectionist, although a horse
painting that shes had for a year has given her a bit more trouble.
thought it would be like a dog with a big nose on it, she jokes.