Kindred’s art done in layers

Posted 6/18/17

Artist and layerist Janice Kindred will be the featured artist at In-Town Gallery for July.

In-Town Gallery, 26 Frazier Ave. Chattanooga, will hold a reception on First Friday, July 7, from 6 to 8 …

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Kindred’s art done in layers


Artist and layerist Janice Kindred will be the featured artist at In-Town Gallery for July.

In-Town Gallery, 26 Frazier Ave. Chattanooga, will hold a reception on First Friday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments and wine will be served with music by Colton Bowlin from Jasper. Call 423-267-9214 for more information, or visit

What is a layerist? Kindred’s (Janice KMost) art is done in layers — beginning with an underpainting or a drawing and building onto that base with paint and finishing and a protective top layer.

Kindred is a relatively new resident of Chattanooga. She and her husband moved to Chattanooga in 2011 for family and her husband’s job. She said she found the art community she desired and Sandra Washburn has become her mentor.

Learning the techniques she teaches for mixed media acrylic art over several years, she began showing her work in local venues and became a member of In Town Gallery in 2016. She is also a founding member of Mixed Media Inspired Artists, a group of local artists who share the same joy of mixed media and experimental art.

As a child, Kindred spent many hours in front of paintings at museums. Her parents, she said, were great admirers of the masters and enjoyed many of their works at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio.

“What I didn’t appreciate then, I certainly do now and try to visit museums regularly especially when traveling,” Kindred said.

Her father began painting in the 1940s — mostly figurative works in oils. He gathered other artists to their house and encouraged his daughter to participate. He is in his late 80s now and still creates.

Kindred said she hopes to see him in her art, “although to my dismay, I lack his beautiful brushwork. He inspires me with his curiosity, love of learning and zest for life.”

Being a layerist, Kindred said, is different as the motivation is in the creation as much as the finished product. The early layers are mostly found paper, such as, opened envelopes, bills, old letters, diary pages, etc.

“My beginning stages are without specific thought so I can apply with abandon, methodically building and adding small pieces of paper, or at times covering the entire board in a single layer. Each layer must dry throughly which forces me to work on several boards at concurrently and over a period of many days.”

She explained her technique. “The base layers are shades of white. The middle layers incorporate color by use of hand made patterned papers and textures, alternating light or white colors. At this stage I begin subtracting using tools to reduce areas by sanding the entire surface to strip away, revealing and exposing parts below. Almost always areas begin to show that appeal to me with unexpected play of pattern and color. Still working in an abstract manner, I begin to form a composition. Finishing is the part I love most as every step I add creates an issue elsewhere that will need to be resolved. It’s the push and pull until finally there is a focus.”

Kindred said she has been told her art tends to have a immediacy, is uncontrived yet complex.

“I love textures, whether real or implied and use all the tools in my reach to alter and restructure my surface,” she said. “Seeing color skim over the top makes the textures come alive and reveal the layers beneath.


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