Enjoy the charming narrative portfolio of artist Janice Ecinja McCaskill, whose work delights the eye and heart. See more art on her website.
Capturing an idea quickly on a blank canvas is key!
My name is Janice “Ecinja” McCaskill. I was born and raised in Florida where the skies were just as blue as the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. As a child, I spent most of my time outdoors, surrounded by the elements of nature.
I was intrigued by the colorful arrangements in nature and found myself replicating them when I would color in my coloring book. My early childhood exposure to the colors of nature is why I create paintings that are full of vivid color.
I am a sketch painter and I use acrylics because of the fluidity and versatility in this medium. Each painting starts with my sketching out the entire idea for the painting with colors, paint, and brush. After the initial idea has been painted, I began to work. I layer on more color, blending, and shading, and building up the painting up sketch paint by sketch paint.
My sketch painting technique allows me to gather information quickly and get it down on the canvas. Then I continue until the painting is finished.
I come from a family of storytellers, and I paint paintings that tell stories. My stories are created in bold and vibrant colors on canvas and captured quickly using my sketch painting technique. My colorful paintings are reflections of ancestral stories that were whispered yet never spoken aloud.
I am inspired by these stories and driven to recreate them on canvas. Since I never knew many of the ancestors who the stories were about, I use my imagination to enhance the stories painted. With these generational stories of the past, along with pure imagination, I create my own narrative on canvas.
I reimagine their stories with a new perspective, and paint something that does not exist yet is real. My colorful story paintings explore the world of realism and imagination.
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