Thursday, June 20, 2013

Janelle Doyle - Painter

Being Born, acrylic on canvas, 2011
Janelle Doyle

Name: Janelle Kay Doyle
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Email: profile

Ms. Doyle is a Minneapolis-based painter and teaching artist. She holds a Baccalaureate degree in Fine Arts and Art History and a Master of Arts degree in Art Education. Ms. Doyle’s professional experience includes work with the Science Museum of Minnesota and Walker Art Center. She is the author of many publications on arts education including Children’s Theatre Company’s annual teachers’ guides. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Altered Esthetics, Ms. Doyle is an adviser to Two Rivers Folk School, the Minnesota African-American Museum, and Obsidian Arts.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

My work is based on the human figure. I think of my work as falling into two categories: portraits and allegories. I am currently working on a series of self-portraits that represent different periods of my life. These works are larger in format and looser in style than my past work. This series also mixes aspects of portraiture and allegorical images.

Dark Roman Wine (Gary Lightbody), 2013

How did you decide to become an artist?
I never made a conscious decision to become an artist. I just always was. My earliest memory is of seeing a program about Ancient Egypt on public television and then drawing a profile of a woman in 
that style. I was three or four years old at the time.

The Golden Floor, 2012

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 

Jerry Allen gave me the best advice by sharing the example of his life. When I was a first-year college student, Jerry spoke to me about having to work “regular” jobs and how he managed to still use his time to think about his work. This was a huge influence on how I felt about myself as an artist when supporting myself by working in customer service jobs. It would have been so easy to lose heart and stop working, as many of my college friends did, but I kept working and showing my art.

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?

I have worked through the traditional gallery system to sell my major paintings and with art centers to sell smaller paintings, drawings, and prints. To earn additional income through my art, I work extensively as a teaching artist with organizations across the Twin Cities area. I find teaching inspires me to try new ideas and techniques and puts me in contact with a wide range of interesting people.

After the Apple, 2012

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?  
Anne Labovitz                 

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
In addition to shows at major museums like Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, I am a regular visitor to many smaller art centers and organizations. I enjoy seeing and experiencing contemporary work in a variety of media.

WARM: Women Artists’ Resources of Minnesota member shows at various locations, 
MCAD Gallery     

October 11, 2009, 2010

In addition to, where do you go online for good art otherwise?
WARM: Women Artists’ Resources of Minnesota member shows at various locations, 

From the Floorboards Up, 2013

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I will have two works in the July exhibit, Physique& Technique, at Altered Esthetics Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis. July 5th through the 25th.  Reception Friday the 5th from 7-10pm.
Janelle Doyle

Altered Esthetics

1 comment:

Art at 2402 said...

Congratulations, Janelle! As I have often said, I think you are very talented, and very admirable to keep painting (and so well!) in spite of the many obstacles you have faced. Some of your works that I find most
compelling are several of Gary Lightbody, including the one in the interview, and your most recent painting, which is not included. Great photo of you. Bravo!