About the Artists

Janis Stanek


Artist Statement


The goal of my work is to express color in all its beauty.  I work primarily in transparent watercolor and I use it as an opportunity to explore the range of possibilities through subtle changes in color, color choice, composition, method of application, surface preparation, etc. I choose not to push my own personal beliefs onto the audience.  Rather, I think that any meaning or concept comes second, the quality of the actual work is what is paramount.  I draw inspiration from the real world around me, be it from small objects found in my studio, nature in my own backyard or travels around the our country or world.  For inspiration I also look to historical artists such as Burchfied and Picasso and other more contemporary watercolor artists.




I am a native of Orchard Park. I have earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Art Education from SUNY Buffalo.  I have painted for many years always specializing in transparent watercolors.  I have also studied with national leaders in watercolor painting including Martin, Schaller, Salminen, Mehaffey, Abgott and many others.


Art Association and Society Memberships


Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society

CAC of Hamburg

West Seneca Art Society

Albright Knox Art Gallery

Burchfield Penney Art Center


Artist Style:


Through the medium of paint I seek to utilize various color harmonies and surface textures to visually engage the audience.  I like to experiment with representing subject matter in ways that range from visually realistic to abstract.

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