Jana Matusz

Jana Matusz

My work is mostly about strength. It was no accident that for many years I chose to paint trucks and construction equipment. I found them strong, powerful, and purposeful. I traveled across the country, from Walla Walla to Roanoke to Orlando to the Big Dig, painting trucks. I still paint the occasional irresistible truck. 

But I have moved on to (as I joke) “boulder work,” depicting powerful rocky environments and quiet nature. I work primarily along the New England coast, where the geology has an architectural majesty and timelessness, a quiet solidity and presence. I am inspired by rocks and cliffs, forest paths, lakes, streams and waterfalls, and dramatic landscape. The paintings are still about strength: strong composition, strong color, strong feeling. 

As a woman, as a painter, I deeply identify with the rocks. Even the New England quarries, beaten and violated, have quiet dignity, beauty and strength. Here are a few examples of her work.