Janet “Cedar” Kindy is an artist skilled in watercolor, gouache, and oils, whose paintings shimmer with light and color. She received an Associate Degree in Fine Art from The American Academy of Art in Chicago, where she studied watercolor under Irving Shapiro, and later, independently under Nita Engle. For over 30 years, she traveled to and exhibited at outdoor festivals across the the U.S., honing her skills by painting the coasts, deserts, mountains, rivers, farms and towns. While traveling in Mexico for over 15 years, she painted the people and spirit of the market places.
“Watercolor is such a natural medium for painting on location. It uniquely captures the effect of the light. It is immediate, portable and not as difficult as people believe. Watercolor will paint itself, if you let it. I am passionate about painting and teaching it in this way.”
Participating in plein air events throughout Michigan, she won the 2016 Best of Show at Crooked Tree Art Center’s “Paint the Town”, and was awarded 1st place in the “Farms to Table” event. In 2015, her watercolor, “Jersey Dunes” was selected as a finalist in the landscape division of the Artist Magazine Annual Competition. She teaches watercolor and oil workshops in Florida and Michigan, including Crooked Tree Art Center in Traverse City. Represented by Petri Gallery in Pentwater, Michigan, she also paints and teaches there at her summer studio.