Janet Checker - Women of the Americas
"My art is a blend of many different creative expressions over many years. Working as a fashion advertising- artist in Chicago, I started experimenting with different forms of art in my spare time. Because I enjoyed fashion and working with texture, weaving became my main interest. I created wearable art, which I sold directly to boutiques and through apparel marts in Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Hawaii.
My interest in archeology and the art of early civilizations began to influence my art. I started weaving the Pre-columbian symbols into my designs. Then painting those designs on silk which I used in my handwoven fashions. Eventially, I discovered I enjoyed the painting process more than weaving. I continued to paint those ancient symbols but on canvas from there, it was a natural progression to paint and include the images of those ancient people and their modern descendants into my paintings.
Currently, working in either oil or pastel, my interests include portraits, figurative art, murals and my continue work on a series called Women Of The America's. This series is researching and painting women from the Americas in their traditional clothing and their place in their society. I feel I have combined and expanded on all my interests and as an artist, I am pleased with the result of this continuous blending."