After working in the black and white world of daily journalism for almost 30 years, Jeanne McManus is now inspired by color. She is motivated by the shapes of the world that surround her, whether in the human form, a still life or a landscape. And she experiments with those shapes, whether hewing to their exact dimensions or blowing them up and rearranging them, as in her series of hydrangea paintings.
The human figure is one of her favorite subjects. But when there are no models to pose in her studio, she finds them in chairs--their soft mounds, their bony arms, their reclining torsos--and paints "portraits" of them as though they were models in her studio. As a painter with ten years of practice, she is now trying new directions and methods. Her inspirations include the portraits of Matisse, von Jawlensky and Diebenkorn, the interiors of Vuillard, the colors of the Fauves, especially Derain and Kandinsky, and the abstractions of Picasso.