Janice Cipriani-Willis is an accomplished watercolorist who lives and works at Dorland Mountain Arts in Temecula. She began her art education by earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. At that time she worked in acrylics and used a loom to weave multimedia sculptures. Her style was exclusively nonrepresentational abstraction. She exhibited and sold her work via the L.A. ArtCore gallery.
Watercolor has been her media of choice for the past 15 years. She has studied with artists including Don Andrews, Gerald Brommer, Frank Francese, Fealing Lin, Ted Nuttall, and Frank Webb.
In 2014 Janice was awarded Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society. In 2018 she was named a Master Signature Member of Watercolor West, having been accepted 10 or more times into Watercolor West exhibits.
Traveling and observation have inspired Janice Cipriani-Willis to find and express in watercolor the subtle and often obscure beauty she finds in the places and faces she has seen. She sees the pieces of light that play over forms as a marvelous mosaic. In her watercolors (in which the lightest light is the white of the paper) she rearranges these bits of light into an image of the world’s beauty.
Janice’s current work has been inspired by watching people from all walks of life in situations that engender a range of human emotions. She focuses on the depth of expression seen in their faces.
Recent Awards and Exhibitions