CORVALLIS — For the second time in three months, a mid-valley artist will be in focus on an Oregon Public Broadcasting TV show.
Corvallis-based painter Janet Ekholm, who has made a name for herself with her boldly colored works, will be featured on “Oregon Art Beat” on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. The OPB program will document Ekholm’s vision, creativity and style.
Ekholm studied art history in France in the 1970s and immersed herself in impressionism and the other great periods of French art. She later lived in Turkey and said the influence of Turkish folklore can be seen in her work today. Ekholm first worked with colored pencil but gravitated to rich oil pastel works that often showcase vibrant colors and female subjects.
“I love painting the human figure, especially the female figure,” she said. “I want to celebrate the inner strength and grace of women, surrounded by the things that matter to them: the simple pleasures of the home and the beauty of nature.”
Ekholm’s work is on display at various West Coast exhibitions, including the Art on the Boulevard Gallery in Vancouver, Wash., and at Cornerstone Cellars in Yountville, Calif. A full perspective of her work can be viewed online at www.janetekholm.com.