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The Art of Living and Loving

'Undercurrents' © Janice Iniskimaki Tanton 2014. Oil on linen. 103"x133"

‘Undercurrents’ © Janice Iniskimaki Tanton 2014. Oil on linen. 103″x133″

This has been a tough week. Lots of friends and people that I love had a challenging time in their workplace and lives, and it spills over to others in ways that might not have been anticipated or considered. The end result is a lot of uncertainty and change and we all begin to fear the future a bit, and question our relationships, the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of it all. We awkwardly try to find ways to help…or completely avoid a difficult situation.

Folks all react differently when traumatic events occur – a health issue, a job loss, a relationship breakdown – any magnitude of frustrations that come along with this thing we’ve been given, called life, but in the end, I truly believe we want to all understand and be connected in good ways.

My experience is that you never know what people are going through. Not really. You can empathize and sympathize until you are blue in the face, but we never really know what we are all going through…unless we ask and create a relationship, and subsequently – meaning. For me, that is what painting is all about…asking, creating relationships and acting from that.

Can I ask you, Dear Reader, to join me in a an art action?

What I am asking you….is this. At your leisure, have a conversation with a stranger – someone you may bump into on the street, in the grocery store, anyone that you don’t know. Be forward – ask them…How are you? Really? Ask them about themselves. How is your day going? Get as deep as you can and just be aware when it become uncomfortable for you – for there is learning in that. Find out what you may have in common and wish them well. At the end of the conversation, ask them to do the same and tell them they are engaging in art…the art of living and loving.

Sometimes, we are all …just waiting to be asked.

I would love it if  you could share your stories here with me. That, I ask.

“Be kind. Love is the only way through.”

Plein Air Painting on the Sunshine Coast

I recently had the fine luck to return to  the fabulous Joe Creek Artist Retreat in Roberts Creek, BC for a week of plein air painting. The place is magic. It’s run by my friends; the equally magical Kendra Fanconi (playwright and human being extraordinaaire) and her hubbie Eric Rhys Miller, founders of place-based theatre company, The Only Animal Theatre Company. You must go! (Tell them I sent you!)

This was my second visit to the Magic Cabin at Joe Creek. Two years ago, following treatment and surgery, I got out there with family to work on some pieces for my first intensive plein air experience since being Gwaii Haanas National Park Artist In Residence and being diagnosed with cancer. A spell was cast over me, and I was instantly in love with everything about Joe Creek, Roberts Creek, Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast. I’ve been waiting two years to return, and this March was time!

I was able to produce 11 pieces during the time that I was there. I had a goal of 14 finished pieces but I had a bad chest cough and cut my painting thumb, necessitating a quick visit to the hospital in Sechelt. Two weeks later, the thumb is well on the mend, with no nerve damage and just a bit of extra sensitivity!

My purpose in getting out of doors to paint is always to learn. I find that being in the place, dialling in the shapes, colour and quick light one of the best things that a painter can do to learn about the world around them. It’s a lot of work, lugging gear, setting up and working quickly to capture the light…but the results are well worth it. Upon returning to the studio, I feel fresh, loosened up, less fearful of my mark-making and empowered!


Joe Creek Waterfall, ©Janice Tanton 2016. OIl on linen panel. 6×8

Painting Sunsets En Plein Air

The sunset pieces are a new thing for me. With only 3-4 minutes to really watch and see what unfolds in the sky and water, a good sunset plein air painting can be one of the greatest challenges for a painter. I didn’t attempt it until later in the week. My son and daughter were with me, and we went out in the evenings to enjoy the view. I realized, just watching one night – that this could be one of the best learning opportunities I could get, and so the next night I set up, premixed from memory what I thought I had seen in the landscape and nervously awaited the fireworks. It was one of the biggest painting rushes of my life, and I am thrilled with the results. In the future, I’m going to make a practice of capturing every coastal sunset that I can. It’s my new drug! Tell me what you think!


Sunset at Roberts Creek #1 ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel. 6×8


Sunset at Roberts Creek #3, ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel. 8×10

Sunset at Roberts Creek #3. ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel, 6x8.

Sunset at Roberts Creek #2. ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel, 6×8.


Joe Creek – Rock Table, ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen 6×8


Joe Creek – Running Water,©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel 8×10.


Grey Day At Sergeant Bay, ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel. 8×6


Sergeant Bay, ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel 8×8


Porpoise Bay, ©Janice Tanton 2016. Oil on linen panel 6×8


Roberts Creek at Low Tide, ©Janice Tanton 2016. OIl on linen panel 9×12.

“Oki Niksokowa” Janice Tanton at Canada House Gallery, Banff – Sept 26, 2015

Artist Statement for Oki Niksokowa – Janice Tanton

"Oki Niksokowa" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen 48x96

“Oki Niksokowa” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen 48×96

I am an artist working in paint, sculpture, installation and film. My work examines relationships through a spiritual, cross-cultural and intergenerational framework. My research interests lie in examining how practice and process in the arts can influence our core humanity so we can co-exist in more sustainable ways. The ugly narrative of racism is looming larger in the Canadian lexicon. I hold that it is still Britishly difficult for us to talk openly about such things. Art is one way to have that conversation. Deep relational development and committed understanding are what I consider the key to this research. I am keenly interested in exploring my own life experiences and connectivity to indigenous traditional knowledge, language, spiritual practice and ways of knowing. I seek ways of reconciliation in the spaces in between my art practice, the teachings of Elders, ceremony and comparative analysis with my Euro-centric, colonistic roots. – Janice Tanton

My work is underpinned with a contemplative connection to the land, the Creator, and all other beings I encounter, for I have a deep relational connection to all of these elemental mysteries. Crossing a wide spectrum of styles; from structured, detailed and traditional to conceptual, spiritual and contemporary, visibly juxtaposing key elements from each cultural tradition to which I belong, I create works which have resonance to our shared core humanity.

Oki Niksokowa means, “Hello, All My Relations” in Blackfoot. It is a concept that encompasses all beings in the category “relations” and simultaneously recognizes a familial relationship of the highest order to all that exists. It opens the door by it’s simple ‘Hello! to humans, animals, birds, water creatures, spirit beings, land beings, unknown beings – the full gamut that we may imagine and know. Close your eyes for one moment and imagine the deepest relationship of love that you have with someone – perhaps a family member, spouse or lover. As a Mother, one of the deepest bonds of love I have is with my children. I ask you for a moment, to take that fierce love and imagine a river…a bison…a wolf….a rock…a falling star… a blade of grass…being your child, your loved one – our relation. Think of how that may change about how you consider that animal, place or cosmos. That is how I consider ‘All Your Relations’ and grow my love and respect for all that is around me.

"Beyond A Shadow of a Doubt" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12x12

“Beyond A Shadow of a Doubt” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12×12

In Oki Niksokowa – All My Relations, I have worked for over a year, preparing paintings for Canada House Gallery that are very, very personal to me. They may also represent some pretty common themes for Canadians. The works represent relationships that I have with just some of the beings, things and places that have touched my life. In some cases, the objects remind me of a significant place on this land that is related to me, that I have come to love unconditionally and wholly. In some cases, the animals represent the spirit of a loved one as well as the ‘relation’ that they are… in and of themselves. Place and home has deep meaning for me and this is reflected in the iconic image of the lodge. As a tipi bundle owner, I understand the meanings, the stories and importance of the lodge, the symbols of the land, the animals and the cosmos that are embedded with song and story – not to be separated, but as one bundle of sacred place and protection. Having a ‘home’ is an important relational element and the lodge bundle is symbolic of that as a base from which to grow.

In 2012, I was privileged to be one of three Artists in Residence in Gwaii Haanas National Park and was welcomed by Parks Canada, The Haida Nation and the people of Haida Gwaii to their rich, sacred land and waters. It changed my life with its vast, abundant and ecologically rich treasures and gave me hope to see a government agency and an indigenous culture co-managing one of the most life-giving places on this planet. I learned much from our Haida guides and hosts, and this had a great spiritual effect on me. I began to understand the Super Natural beings – those that occupy the space in between the tangible world and the world of the spirit beings. I could see them clearly on the island as the trees and growth in the forests moved and accelerated around me – everything was crawling with life of some kind. I understand what it means to occupy space between cultures, and it is difficult. Much of that goes unseen, somewhat like the Super Natural beings. The pieces that I paint of the carved poles of Haida Gwaii with the moving, changing anthropomorphic rainforests around them are my attempt to capture that spiritual piece of movement – that space in between worlds where even more of our relations inhabit and where they make themselves known. It is a given for any who will deeply listen to the land. ‘Tanuu Rising’ specifically uses Bill Reid’s pole carved as the first new pole in Skidegate. I married the painting together by using a place I visited on Tanuu near Mr. Reid’s resting place. The work Mr. Reid and those that followed created a catalyst for the rise in Haida cultural practice after a period of decimation due to colonialist assimilation policies, sickness and industrial commodification of the land.


"The Prayer" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 40x72

“The Prayer” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 40×72

Canoes have always been deeply imbedded in my life. Metaphorically, I’d say I was conceived in a canoe in the east, born in a barn, raised on the back of a horse and thrown to the wolves in the West. All of these are sacred space to me. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized that there was a much deeper history to the canoe than sentimental warm summers spent paddling on the lakes and rivers in Ontario. What strikes me most about the red canoe now is it’s formidable duality. It’s an awful, bloodthirsty, iconic symbol of colonialism (as is the Hudson Bay Blanket) that none of us wish to discuss in proper societal conversation or governmental nation-to- nation negotiations.

Indigenous by design, the canoe has never been improved upon except perhaps for constructive materials after thousands of years. Form and function are perfectly in sync. It harbours many nostalgic memories for the modern-day white folk such as myself who remember idyllic paddling on the shores of Lake Kashagawigamog, Algonquin and Killarney Parks. However, at its origin, it was a tool of transportation and survival for indigenous cultures, shared (usually) graciously with early traders to ensure their survival in this punishing county’s formative years. As a matter of honour, we need to recognize this “Canoe Treaty” and work hand in hand with the indigenous peoples of this land, honour those treaties and go beyond, as human beings – beyond racism, beyond litigation and beyond fear, to become ourselves again – human beings. That is what a red canoe is to me. It is a treaty – to be honoured. My relationship to the canoe is reverent and thankful…hopeful and peaceful as I look on my two families and as we look toward reconciliation as a nation. And yes…our family care for a white canoe and a red canoe…on purpose.

"Iinii Naapii" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Iinii Naapii” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×72

Oki Niksokowa – All My Relations also debuts a new body of work featuring a marriage of animal beings and Blackfoot tipi symbols in a healing way. Using a more representative style of painting for the animals – moose, buffalo, bear, wolf and coupling them with the more graphically designed glyphs of the Blackfoot, I’ve sought out a way to meld my traditional Eurocentric painting roots and upbringing with the more abstract use of graphic indigenous symbols. A ceremony of mark-making was used to denote my relationship with both the animal and the symbology and is marked by my own handprint in each of these paintings. It forever links us together and recognize those relationships, thanking them for their healing. Anthropomorphic relationships also exist in these paintings to some extent. “Makoyii Itsikin” is Tom’s Blackfoot name, and so this painting represents Tom as I see him, as a whole with the colours and places that I associate him with. All of the animals are healers and people for me, and represent some relationship with me through my life, helping me through illness and difficult times.

"Kyayo Sikimiwa" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Kyayo Sikimiwa” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen.

Gilda Radner said, “Cancer is probably the most unfunniest thing in the world, but I’m a comedian, and even cancer couldn’t stop me from seeing the humour in what I went through.” I agree with you, Gilda. The importance of humour became more real to me when I was sick, and it made me learn to look at the lighter side of a dark situation. No other place than with my indigenous family, have I ever found more belly laughing. When faced with difficult social issues, suicide, missing and murdered women and girls, racism…there is somehow always this respectful, leavening humour that balances the family and community. I admire this greatly, and thought – how do I honour this humour and humility in paint? How do I find more joy in my work? Hence – “Don’t Forget the Eggs”, “Zippity Doo Dah” and other such pieces in the “Ever Real” series.

"Don't Forget The Eggs" Oil and 22k gold on linen. ©2015 Janice Tanton. 9"x12"

“Don’t Forget The Eggs” Oil and 22k gold on linen. ©2015 Janice Tanton. 9″x12″

The most important and most personal piece in this show “The Promise:: Sacred Bundle – Stonechild” remains unfinished as I write this and may not appear at the show opening at all. It was the piece that was started first, and it will be the painting that is completed last, if ever. A 60×60 oil on linen with my daughter Grace as the model, wrapped in a Hudson Bay blanket in the Banff woods, on the side of Buffalo Mountain in Banff, it was conceived last October during my residency at The Banff Centre where I created “Undercurrents” (exhibited at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies to October 18, 2015). Stonechild has presided over the studio for a year while these other pieces were imagined and created. She remains the symbol of promise for me – the promise that we can follow the Seven Grandfather Teachings – wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth; the promise that we can come together; the promise that we can laugh at our troubles while finding new ways to live together; the promise that we can honour the spiritual and the scientific and the space between; the promise that we can honour the canoe and all that it means to us as Canadians; the promise that we can find healing, together…in many forms.

Janice Tanton Canadian Artist - "Sikstssoo" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Sikstssoo” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×72



"Makoyii Itsikin" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x72

“Makoyii Itsikin” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×42

"Iinii Skiim" ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48x42

“Iinii Skiim” ©Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k gold on linen. 48×42

"The Lookout" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12x12

“The Lookout” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 12×12

"My Brothers Lodges" ©2015 Janice Tanton Oil on linen. 24 x 48

“My Brothers Lodges” ©2015 Janice Tanton Oil on linen. 24 x 48

Oki Niksokowa – Hello, All My Relations.


To View more of the upcoming show, please visit:

Canada House Gallery
Banff, AB
Artist in attendance September 25, 1-3 pm

PRESS RELEASE :: ‘Undercurrents’ Debuts at The Whyte Museum, Banff, AB CANADA

'Undercurrents' © Janice Iniskimaki Tanton 2014. Oil on linen. 103"x133"

‘Undercurrents’ © Janice Iniskimaki Tanton 2014. Oil on linen. 103″x133″

‘Undercurrents’ is an oil on linen painting, 103″x133″ that will debut in the exhibition  “Water Eau 水 Mînî पानी Wasser מים Acqua پانی Tubig H2O”, curated by Anne Ewan and featuring the art of historical and contemporary Canadian artists from Tom Thomson to Ken Danby and David Thauberger.

“This exhibition includes visually stunning and timely orchestrated compilations of historic and contemporary painting, video and installations that examine the beauty and peculiarity of Earth’s greatest resource. Acclaimed throughout time for its unpredictability, tranquil qualities, ritual and hygienic uses, nourishment and abundance, the purity of water and its sources are under threat. Our existence is contingent on water.

Canada is bound by three oceans and strewn with multiple fresh lakes, rivers, waterfalls and aquifers. Historically, Canada’s waterways supported Indigenous communities, the fur trade and explorers whose travels contributed to the settlement, urbanization, economic development and transportation of the nation. Reflected in literature, music, poetry, theatre, dance and art, water continues to be synonymous with Canadian identity.

The exhibition presents works of art from private and public collections and features a range of styles from the early 19th century to the present. Through the works of art presented in “Water”, the viewer is invited to explore a diverse range of artistic approaches that include representational imagery of rivers and lakes in the landscape, to life affirming and threatening metaphorical associations. The exhibition encourages contemplation of alternative perspectives, grounded in our real-world fascination with and increasing recognition of the global challenges that arise in relation to this precious natural resource, in the face of changing climatic conditions.” – Anne Ewan, Senior Curator, Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies.

“As a living female contemporary artist, I am thrilled to see my work positioned in context with my early mentor, Ken Danby and Group of Seven members Franz Johnson and Tom Thomson.” – Janice Iniskimaki Tanton

‘Undercurrents’ is the first in a series of large-scale works by Tanton that explore our contemporary Canadian nationality and attachment to this great land. It was created at The Banff Centre as part of a Leighton Colony Residency.

Please join Janice Tanton at the debut of this major and important Canadian work at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff Alberta on Sunday, June 14 1 – 4 pm.

(Artist in attendance 3 – 4 pm.)

PRESS RELEASE :: Janice Tanton and VIDA Voices : Art and Socially Responsible Fashion Partnered!

Janice Tanton and VIDA Voices Collection

Janice Tanton Designs on VIDA

And now for something completely different! I was contacted out of the wild blue yesterday by new sustainable startup fashion company VIDA based out of San Francisco. The VIDA staff had seen my work and were eager to invite me to design some new scarves and silk shirts for their lineup from my paintings. When I heard the story of the company, and who will benefit, I couldn’t resist!

VIDA is a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan and India in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products.  And the best part is that using part of proceeds from the sales of the products, VIDA creates literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunities to learn reading, writing and basic math that they would not otherwise have.

More than anything, I am thrilled when my work provides support, literacy and educational programs and support for others. VIDA has a beautiful plan that is just up my alley, collapsing the distance between makers and artists/designers across the globe. Have a look at The VIDA story and I’m sure you’ll see why I was so excited (and you who know me, know I don’t get this enthusiastic1). Good things can happen in the world.

Such a wonderful idea, marrying technology, artists and makers from across the globe. An opportunity to make my paint into wearable, beautiful products, in a sustainable way? Uh huh…I’m totally in. Sign me up…get me a ticket….etc. etc.

I was so excited, I couldn’t decide which paintings to go with, but decided on several strong images that I would wear – and I’m picky! I have a weakness for beautiful scarves, especially since being diagnosed with breast cancer. (I’m clear now…but I’ve become a bit of a shawl/scarf maniac in the absence of breasts.) I might use some of the scarves to make some pillows and curtains for the studio. Lots of creative ideas swirling around in my head.

There are now four products up on the site, and if the pre-orders sell ONLY within the next 14 days, VIDA will make the products. (As extra enticement, VIDA is offering the coupon code VOICES for 25% off of any preorders — which makes these 100% modal scarves incredibly reasonable and WOWSER for the silk shirts!) AND if you order by the end of this month, they have a special on international shipping for only $5 USD! (Usually it’s $35, so this is a huge savings opportunity to jump on board if you see something you like).

Here are the images I chose.



Detail from"Emergence" ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 36x48 (Private Collection)

Detail from”Emergence” ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 36×48 (Private Collection)

Emergence will be recreated as a beautiful 100% Modal scarf. The beauty of our forests in Haida Gwaii and British Columbia are the inspiration for Emergence. So much life and the clarity of the coastal rain forests are an inspiration to me, redefining the resurgence of life, primeval forests and the sea from whence we emerged.

This scarf is made out of 100% MicroModal® by Lenzing, a luxuriously soft botanic silk fabric made out of European beechwood. Because of modal’s botanic origin, it is particularly eco-friendly and its fineness is comparable to that of natural silk. MicroModal® offers a soft, beautiful sheen, with colors that are bright and vibrant.

The completely natural fiber of this scarf is made in a fully integrated facility in Austria, optimized for production synergies and energy conservation by using eco-friendly production processes. The fabric is woven in a small factory in Pakistan. VIDA collaborates with the owner and workers of this factory to produce the perfect thread-count and weave for optimal softness and sheen.

AND …these scarves are huge! They are more like shawls. Because of the handmade process, they range in size from 24.5” – 25”  x 76” –77. Snug up with the rainforest!

Emergence Modal Scarf

Emergence Modal Scarf

Scarves are sold for $40 USD but use the coupon code VOICES to receive 25% OFF any preorders (only $30 for this!)…and again, there’s a special $5 USD on international shipping only until the end of this month (February 2015).

Nitawahsin – Our Land

"Nitawahsin" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8"x10"

“Nitawahsin” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel.

This piece is titled, “Nitawahsin” which means “Our Land” in Blackfoot. It is a strong, active piece with a unified Anders Zorn palette, all of the colours of the medicine wheel are in this piece and that makes it a strong contender for wearable art. Good medicine in this piece. I chose to have it reproduced as a Modal scarf and a beautiful silk top.
Janice Tanton Nitawahsin Modal scarf VIDA Voices

And here is the gorgeous silk top of Nitawahsin – Our Land.

"Nitawahsin - (Our Land") Gorgeous 100% Silk Top by Janice Tanton for VIDA Voices

Sizing Chart for the silk tops are as follows.
Note: tops fit true to size but a drapey cut – please size down if you prefer a snug fit.
Point of Measurements
Small: Bust – 32″, Hips “38” (US Size 0-2)
Medium: Bust – 34″, Hips “39” (US Size 4-6)
Large: Bust – 38″, Hips 40″ (US Size 8-10)

Blue Grass Dancers

As the fourth design, I chose Blue Grass Dancers for some dear women friends and family in my life who inspired me through my illness, supported our family and kept us all together. These healing, dancing colours were designed to lift and soothe through the toughest of times. This piece was first painted for my friend and singer/songwriter Julia Lynx, as part of the launch and design for her new album “Wild Patience“.

Blue Grass Dancers - ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen.

Blue Grass Dancers – ©2015 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen.

And here is the beautiful silk top by VIDA Voices. A classic, I think, designed with my good friends in my heart.

Janice Tanton, Blue Grass Dancer silk top by VIDA Voices

I’m over the moon to introduce this collection to you — simply click here to buy any one (or more!) of these scarves and lucious silk shirts, and don’t forget to include coupon code VOICES to get 25% off (that’s just $30 for each of these lovely scarves! and $48.75 for a silk shirt! NO middle man :). And the juicy, juicy, best part — right now, VIDA ships internationally, for only $5 until the end of this month. That’s a $30 savings! Folks from all over the world can purchase, and help give back. But remember, pre-order only lasts for 2 weeks from today. Help me to spread the word by sharing this post with your friends and family through social media or in person. Right then….this is more rambling than I’ve done in months. Just get on the site and order something for a friend or family member…and don’t forget yourself, because you’re worth it!

Enjoy, my friends. (I can’t wait to cuddle up in a scarf/shawl!)


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More Awesome Press on VIDA

Janice Tanton – Visiting Artist & Scholar Series, University of Calgary, January 23, 2015

Please drop in and say hello if you are in the Calgary area. I’m honoured to meet the students and look forward to an interesting exchange.

Join me for an Artist Talk as the Visiting Artist and Scholar, Friday, January 23rd at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Join me for an Artist Talk as the Visiting Artist and Scholar, Friday, January 23rd at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Brand New Series of Works At Canada House Gallery & Gibson Fine Art

I’m very pleased to introduce a new series of work, arriving today (July 31, 2014) at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB and Gibson Fine Art in Calgary, AB.

"Not Every Thing Is Black & White" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14" Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB.

“Not Every Thing Is Black & White” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB.

"Once In A Blue Moon" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14" Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

“Once In A Blue Moon” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"The Middle Way" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. Framed. Available at Gibson Fine Art.

“The Middle Way” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. Framed. ($575) Available at Gibson Fine Art.

"One Life To Live" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14"

“One Life To Live” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"Stepping Out" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14"

“Stepping Out” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11″x14″ Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"Family Portrait" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($575). 6"x8" Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

“Family Portrait” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($575). 6″x8″ Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

"Companions" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k Gold on Linen, Framed. ($625). 6"x8" Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

“Companions” ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k Gold on Linen, Framed. ($625). 6″x8″ Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

“Work In Progress” It’s a verb. It’s a noun.

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

I view the practice of painting and the practice of being an artist, a ‘work in progress’. In fact, I suppose that being a human being is all about ‘work in progress’.  It’s a verb. It’s a noun.

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

I often share my ‘work in progress‘ through social media – and a lot of the time, it’s sole purpose is to be a record for me to be able to refer back to the development of a painting or drawing. However, I’ve noticed the comments that folks put forward – “Oh, I like it just like this.”…..”Please don’t do anything more to it – it’s finished now.” …..”STOP! It’s beautiful now.”

Those comments are sometimes tempting to listen to and for me to stop the painting. They’re also a good reminder of how we each see a work differently and according to our point of view as well as our life’s experience.

What I love about the practice of painting is that it’s amazing to me at any stage – that’s why I do it. Sure, there’s an idea – a concept and image in my mind for the work, but it’s never exactly what ends up on the linen. I know we all have ideas about what our lives should be like as well – but rarely do they turn out how we plan them. In my mind, nothing is ever finished.

It just ‘is’.


Work In Progress

Work In Progress?

Watercolour Journal Workshop with Janice Tanton at The Banff Springs Hotel

Janice Tanton sketch journal - Haida Gwaii, Burnaby Narrows

A page from my sketch journal – Burnaby Narrows, Haida Gwaii. ©2014 Janice Tanton

I’d like to invite you to join me for a morning of fun and art that is personal to you. This simple technique of ink and watercolour will be something you can use all your life to create and record those moments of importance in your life.

Throw away that Instagram and Facebook post for a quick sketch and some penned thoughts

that will stay forever in your mind. This workshop is suitable for ages 9 – 99+ and total beginners. Even if you say you can’t draw a straight line or a stick drawing, this workshop is for you! As part of the wonderful Banff /Lake Louise Tourism springstART Festival, I look forward to welcoming you to my home territory! Check it out – lots of great workshops by artists who live and work in the valley, including soapstone carving!

Date: April 19
Time: 9:30 am – 12 noon
Place: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Norquay Room
Cost: $31.50 plus meagre supplies

How to register and short materials list available here: