b. McKeesport, Pennsylvania, 1960
Janette Toth grew up in Clairton, Pennsylvania—a steel town near Pittsburgh. She received an AST degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1981.
Her artwork has won numerous awards and has been included in solo, juried, and curated exhibits in museums and galleries. Her work has been shown in the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD; Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA; Lancaster (PA) Museum of Art; Whitaker Center for Science and Art, Harrisburg, PA; Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, PA, Mantis Collective, Harrisburg, PA, and Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, Harrisburg, PA, among others. She maintains a studio in an historic home in Columbia, PA where she lives with her husband, designer/artist Jerry King Musser.
“I enjoy experimenting with texture and color and prefer to work in large scale. I am most reactive to color and line. Sometimes I execute a painting with a predetermined idea or sketch, but usually I do not. I see a shape or line that pushes me in a direction. I like to see preliminary work and corrections as part of the finished painting. My inspiration stems from a unique experience or a subject that piques my visual interest to the point of it requiring further development. I repeatedly rework paintings, appreciating the pentimento.
I was very fortunate to have artist Henry Koerner as my painting teacher at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. His approach to painting left a lasting impression on me. In later years, I sought the instruction of painter Charles ‘Li’ Hidley from whom I learned about abstract expressionism which further enhanced my approach toward applying paint to surface. I continue to develop my painting habits by working with a variety of materials and coloring outside of the lines.” Janette has enjoyed employment as a scenic painter for professional theater and high school productions.
Presently, Janette’s work and studio can be found at Through the Fire Studios in Columbia, and and Lynden Gallery in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Janette is a member of the Pennsylvania Arts Experience Artist Trail.
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