Welcome to my latest creative experiment, curating this lovely little art blog.
Let me introduce myself… I am Janelle Bighinatti.
Photography, capturing the hidden slivers of beauty in the world, is the primary work to which I’ve always been drawn, since high school, though I have a zillion other artistic interests and curiosities. Those have included – or presently include – jewelry making, medieval rosaries, historical fashion, living history museums, poetry, sewing and textiles, historic arts preservation, dancing classical ballet, the world of small creative businesses and worker-owned cooperatives… not to mention dabbling in swing dancing, flamenco guitar, craft bartending, family genealogy, etc. etc. etc.
Oh, and writing. I guess I’ll be doing more of that here. About life, and art, and artists.
You should know that my working definition of an ARTIST is deliberately quite broad: visual, tactile, musical, theater, dance, writing, and so on.
Artists across all spectrums have so much in common, in my view, and such potential to thrive in their work as artists, yet often they are isolated or discouraged and have such a hunger for community.
I thrive on connecting artists together and encouraging them to persevere in their creative work, having hosted an informal Artist Prayer Group at my home over the years, and spearheading an art show for restaurant workers called SideWork (at the fabulous FareStart organization where I was at the time). Any chance I have to support artist friends and highlight small scale artisans, crafters and creatives is a joy to me.
I have grandiose dreams of wandering the world, making art, and raising babies, someday. In the meantime I find myself working as a paralegal, which is interesting and challenging and kind of a miracle (ADD brain full of squirrels, if you know what I mean). And it seems to be grounding me in a way that is making the creation of this art blog possible.
Life doesn’t always turn out as planned, but all gratitude for the mess and Mystery that surprises and strengthens and heals us.
You can find my website over at:
All of the photographs I put up on this blog are my own unless otherwise specified. For licensing of any photos, please email me: email@example.com
For prints of my photographs, you can find a selection of favorites available here: https://society6.com/bighinatti