Jane M. White, of Southington, will be exhibiting her watercolor house portraits through the end of September at The Gallery at The Orchards.
White has specialized in house portraits for over 35 years, and she has made a name for herself throughout the Southington area.
Her first portrait came about when a neighbor asked if her house could be painted in pen and ink. When friends and neighbors saw the work, they wanted one, too. Watercolor portraits were born when someone had a dark brown house, which would have appeared black in pen and ink.
Some portraits have been major challenges as often one can barely see the house for the overgrown bushes and trees. “Artist Pruning” becomes necessary. A mountain peak can be moved closer to a house, seasons can be changed, a fence can be built for existing roses or vines and every plant can be blooming at the same time.
Some requests have been quite strange, making the portraits even more fun to paint. Almost anything is possible. All of the displayed portraits have explanations of any changes made for the sake of the painting.
White also paints pastel or watercolor landscapes and she enters over 20 shows each year. Since April 2012, White has been manager of The Gallery at The Orchards. Her website is www.JaneWhiteFineArt.com.
The Gallery at The Orchards is located in the Community Room, on the second floor, at The Orchards. Please call The Orchards at (860) 628-5656 for available day and evening viewing hours.
For further information, please contact www.southingtonorchards.org and www. southingtonartsandcrafts.com