‘Place’ by Jan McNeill is a very personal response to grief and a desire for rest and healing. Jan expresses a desire: “to be reconnected to the land, to mountains, to darkness, to a raw earthiness from which I could rebuild myself”
Her emotional journey is expressed through moving around the colour palette from indigo, charcoal and umber mountains, to turquoise waters, to gold fields and to rusted sands. As her emotional journey progresses, so does her colour palette change.
She states: ”I have learned the enormous value of sitting with one’s grief, finding beauty and richness in that grief, and the renewal which the land can provide if one can allow oneself to be immersed in its shelter.”
Her traditional oil and watercolour paintings display this powerful progression of her personal journey.