By Renée Phillips Of Manhattan Arts Int.
Janet Glatz is one of those extraordinary purpose-driven artists/activists who is determined to make a difference in the world. She will tell you, "Ever since I was old enough to put two and two together I noticed the affects man has on nature."
She explains, “I grew up on a small lake surrounded by beaches and trees that were the homes of turtles and birds, little newts and wild ducks. This world became a part of me that will always remain. So I began to paint works which remind the viewer of what might happen if we lose sight of our responsibilities toward our planet.”
Important for Janet Glatz is to have her eco-art raise awareness about our purpose on this earth. Her series, Man and Sea, falls into the eco-art category, and conveys to the viewer, "Take care of Mother Earth, as she has provided everything for you." She affirms, “The goal of an eco-artist is to make a busy person stop in his tracks and think, 'Wow. That painting makes a strong statement about the world today. Maybe there’s something I can do to help.'”
Glatz admits, “Until I became serious about activism and began to research the issues that interest me most, I had no idea how many activist organizations and groups exist today. And where would we be without them?”
Janet glatz, Reef Renewal, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30". Artwork is copyright protected by the artist. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without the artist's permission.
As part of her series, Man and Se', Glatz has recently begun an adjunct mini-series entitled Evidence of Life. These are smaller works on gallery wrapped two inch supports so they don't require framing. In addition to her larger paintings Glatz offers these smaller scale works making her eco-art affordable to any art buyer on any budget.
Glatz feels strongly that we should all support activists who champion righteous causes. One way is to start collecting the art work of eco-artists. As she points out, having an eco painting on your wall – whether your home or office -- is a great way to communicate to others what you believe and what is important to you.
She hopes in time her art and fellow eco-artists might inspire others to join activist groups and to start donating to worthy environmental causes. "The snowball of social responsibility rolls a little farther and gets a little bigger with every viewing of every eco painting, with every dollar or hour that is donated, and with every new member of every new conservationist group. Our efforts can grow with time until our fears of extinction, water wars, empty seas, and cracked earth disappear into healthy, breathable air."
Visit Janet one any one of her three webpages: http://janetglatz.com; http://ecoactiveart.com; or http://janetglatzartworkshops.weebly.com