Jeanie Tomanek "Where Roses Would Not Dare to Go""
Where Roses Would Not Dare to Go, 2017Oil on Canvas48 × 36 × 1 1/2 in; 121.9 × 91.4 × 3.8 cm
Tomanek draws upon themes that first developed in her poetry; exploring various feminine archetypes from myths, folk-tales, fairy tales and her own experiences. The natural world as she experienced it growing up on a farm in the Genesee Valley region of New York also strongly influences her work. Trees, flowers, birds and snow are symbols for emotional states or story elements. Dogs sometimes accompany the pale bald “Everywoman” protagonist on her journeys that often take place beneath a starry moonlit sky. She has been called a mythic artist, telling ancient stories that never grow old.