Jeanne Thurston

My work is inspired, in part, from being a child and painting a huge circle on our green couch in red shoe polish. The lush red sinking in around the green fabric weave,  I loved the sensual pleasure of pushing the polish into the fabric and then dragging it out beyond the spot where I had started.  The deep green and the bright "little girl shoe" red still lives for me as a deep visceral memory.

Later as a pre-teen I went to the art museum and encountered a color field show. I was entranced by the huge flood of color pouring down the wall, filling the whole room. Finally, I found another opportunity to experience the same joy I had with the couch and the red show polish! 

So the natural conclusion was to study art. Attending the University of Colorado, I focused on lithography. I learned about color layering and the beauty of similar pigment values dancing together.  I loved the traditional stone plates and how they hold inks in such a way that new colors appear each time a page passes through the press.

It was at about this same time I freight hopped from Denver to Seattle.  Here is where my romance with the mechanical began. As we slowly moved through the landscape, I became aware of the beauty in the way lighting and color change from one side of a thing to another. Sitting in the yards, watching trains being lined up, I would see the same car go by several times as it was put in line with others.  Bight lights on blue cars, moving against rusty cars, at 3:00am, in the rain, I discovered a new joy - not just color, but color and movement TOGETHER.

My paintings are a way to recreate this joy, to share it and provide an opportunity for others to explore this same wonder. Color movement can be discovered in so many places - I've found it in lichen on rocks on 14,000 foot mountains in the Rockies, in the curving reds of sandstone landscapes in the Southwest, and in bright green transmission fluid leaking on the ground in a mechanic's shop.

My paintings are an expression of the joy and awe I feel when I engage with color and movement - and my paintings are an invitation, a welcoming introduction for you, that you may become familiar with this experience and come to find it again and again.