AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for November, 2016
Jon Janosik is a highly respected international artist and a devoted conservationist with a focus on birds.
"My personal goal now is to help support the lives and conservation of the birds which have supported my life. Cranes and Sea Birds are of particular interest to me and I am working in their behalf, both in the USA and Japan."
Jon's work has been featured in such books as ''Field Guide to North American Birds'' (National Geographic Society), ''Birds of the Ligonier Valley'' (Carnegie Museum) ,''The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding'', ''An Audubon Handbook, Western/Eastern Birds'', and ''Book of North American Birds'' (Readers Digest Books) . He has traveled to study birds in the United States, Central and South America, The Caribbean, Hawaii and most recently Japan. Ocean birds have always captured my interest and I have spent months on oceanographic scientific cruises in the New World.
"If younger people study and watch the birds around them, they will be forever changed in the way they understand the natural world and to some extent the realm of people. I cannot imagine a world without birds. How wondrous it is to see them around us, even in the city. They bring joy with their songs and curiosity by seeing their colors and actions."
Jon urges people to continue to help and conserve the habitats of birds that come within our lives, and help leave plenty of natural space for them to continue their future. He urges us to keep the rivers, lakes and oceans clean by not putting our waste into these waters, which we all need to survive and which supplies life for so many species. "Birds and fish are our "report card" of how we will be in the future. Please create an aware-ness in everyone's mind and heart that understands the natural world as a Commonwealth of All Beings."
"My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate sensations of birds in nature. I have tried to present my impressions in what is the most congenial and expressive form achievable from me. I have elected to study birds with brush and paint, attempting to force this often-unwilling medium of paint and ground, to record them. I recall two strong feelings since my childhood: a bond between birds and myself and desire for self-expression with my hands. These have never ceased to be united within my evolving vision and lifework as a painter of birds. I have a kinship with Man's first artists and America's lineage of Avian Artists, beginning with John James Audubon. Although my subject matter may appear to be strictly birds, I am as much influenced by the landscape as I am by the creature; the goal being for me is to effectively blend the two as Art and Science, which expresses natural beauty and educates others towards an intimacy with our natural world. I want to make visual poems about bird life with my creative powers. All my inspiration for painting is derived directly from nature, and it is to nature that I always return when seeking inspiration".
In recent years, Jon has devoted himself to easel painting and completing commissions from international collectors. His works have been exhibited in numerous museums, and galleries including:- Kobe Museum- Sanda Japan; The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History -Washington DC; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum-Wausau WI ; Carnegie Museum -Pittsburgh PA; Moji Art Galley-Kitakyushu Japan; Royal Scottish Academy- Edinburgh (Birds in Art), Kirritappu Wetland Center, Hokkaido, Japan and the British Museum- London England.
"I have always been drawn to the sea and the mountains. For the last 35 years, I have made my home in Western Oregon. After a visit to the Pacific Northwest in 1970 to study birds, I decided to settle in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I think what I treasure most about Oregon is the accessibility to 'wildness', which for me evokes the sense of the ''primal'' or fundamental earth."