Janice Racine Cohen grew up in an eccentric family, allowed to follow her curiosities: creating art, reading, thinking, dancing, and spending hours and hours in solitude in nature. An observer and recorder of the world in its complexity and depth, her curiosity took her to New York City, where she enjoyed a career designing, installing and programming mainframe computer systems and managing IT departments. Her colleagues often noted with amusement that her approach to logic flow and problem solving was not like theirs, but rather based upon following the path of visual patterns she saw in her mind – often sketched out by her during business meetings. The president of one company made it known that she could sketch anytime, anywhere, when she was thinking through a problem. Whenever possible, after work Janice would head over to the Salmagundi Club to study watercolor painting, or attend an open sketch session, or just paint on her own.
Moving to New Paltz, as a busy wife and mom of three, Janice expanded her creative endeavors to landscape design at their home on Mohonk Mountain – a living canvas of the most exquisite luminous nature. Always keeping art in her life, she has studied with Franklin Alexander and Staats Fasoldt at Woodstock School of Art, Barbara Burge, Karen Kaapcke, Minerva Durham, and at the Art Students League and School of Visual Arts. She hopes you enjoy this small representation of art she has created over the years. It includes works in oils, pastels, watercolors, pen and ink, and charcoal.