childhood, the difference was evident: Just as Andrew Wyeth found
a certain joy, mystery, and fulfillment in the subtleties of white,
black, sepia, and brown tones, I discovered COLOR – all colors and
every color! In the first grade, my teacher handed me the first
“big box” of crayons I had ever seen, and the picture drawn and
colored used every single color in the box – including silver!
last of six siblings, born in rural Greenville, South Carolina,
competition was an everyday experience. If my siblings could do
something, or even my mother, there was an absolute need to do it
as well - - or better. An artistic mother served as great inspiration
for everything art – color, music, style, performance, writing poetry
and, finally, drawing and painting!
studies began in my early twenties with private lessons from a highly
educated German born artist who spent eighteen months teaching me
the techniques of the old masters. Studies continued throughout
the 1970’s with various artists.
the early 1980’s, I discovered a sincere passion for painting wildlife.
Focusing here allowed me to assign life to each piece through the
eyes of my subjects – the window to the very soul within the subject!
My works began to draw attention of collectors and galleries and
I participated in shows in the Central Florida area.
2010 my life changed and I moved to South Carolina, became involved
in the world of art, participated in classes through adult extension
courses available at Coastal Carolina University. I continued on
to private sessions on Pawleys Island and in Georgetown, SC., where
I participated in many shows at the Georgetown Cultural Council.
I had a one person show in Georgetown. Presently, my works are on
exhibit in private and corporate collections, along the eastern
coast and internationally.
medium of choice is oil painting, though acrylic is now moving forth.
Janis Clary Oehlschlager
Janis Clary McGee