“I paint with texture including handmade paper, fabric, lace, rope, string, found objects and puzzle pieces. I like to be able to reuse what I can to create art from recycled fragments of a previous life. I have taken quilts apart and used certain elements in my work. I believe that I use so many different types of materials to integrate what I have with my vision but also to be inclusive and experimental.” Janet Brugos
I find themes of natural elements like water and all its forms, urban landscapes and animal in the wild most alluring. One of my recent exhibits was called “Water Defined” at the East Bay Municipal Water District in Oakland and included such themed works as waterfall, rain, river and whirlpool.
My piece “Statute of Liberty” evokes my belief in equality of genders and races but it can also represent our nation in its strongest sense.
Many of my pieces can be catagorized as urban landscapes — Statute of Liberty, Bay Bridge, Lake Merritt by Night and Buckingham Fountain.
I believe places such as airports, train stations, libraries, hospitals are ripe for public art. Multitudes pass by and often quickly. However, a slight glance can turn into a studied moment which can lead to research into that art’s message.
I believe where there is art available for all to see, it helps to breed tranquility, admiration and a positive spirit.