Janet Kasnett Manuta is a local artist and art educator in West Seattle. I have been teaching art for over 40 years, first in the Washington, D.C. area, and then in Upstate New York. Since relocating to Seattle nearly 5 years ago, I have been teaching art at the Hope Lutheran School and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
I express my love of the outdoors with hand-painted cut paper collages, inspired by the artist, Henri Matisse. I work to create an energetic balance of positive and negative space with organic shapes derived from nature. My intention is for each piece to evoke a feeling of rhythm and balance where patterns of color and shapes invite the viewer to experience a personal connection. I have recently been experimenting with tea leaf stained papers in my series of teapots and tea cups.
Here’s a link to an article about my art education program at Hope Lutheran School: https://hls.hopeseattle.org/think-outside-the-box-with-art/
I also created the illustrations for the book This Is What’s Up, Doc — The Unauthorized Biography of Bugs Bunny.
I begin by painting sheets of drawing paper with acrylic paint, focusing on creating different color palettes for each collage. As I begin cutting out shapes, or “drawing with scissors,” (without any pre-drawn sketches), different themes and designs evolve from my imagination where visual images I have experienced have left an impression in my mind.
Since moving to this part of the country, hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest have inspired me to work from photographs of the unique natural landscapes I have discovered.
Each piece may go through many changes and revisions, until a feeling of balance between colors and shapes has been achieved.