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The Basho Tree" is part of the new Collection called “Tropics”, and is named after the famed poet Basho..
The Tropics collection of paintings are imbued with colour and light to reflect the intense heat of the climate

Watercolour on Arches Hot Pressed Paper..


Matsuo Kinsaku was a Japanese poet who changed his name to ‘Basho’, after he was presented with a wide leafed banana tree (or Basho tree) by one of his disciples. Although the tree is rare in Japan and the climate too cold for it to bear fruit, Basho liked it because of its large, soft leaves. The Basho tree appeared frequently in his work. Poetgraves

*Squalls shake the Basho
tree – all
night my basin echoes rain
*. Matsuo Basho

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 6 years ago

    A banana plant in the autumn gale -
    I listen to the dripping of rain
    Into a basin at night
    . Basho Matsuo (1644- 1694)

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    Janis, I love your art. You have a great gift for it. This is beautiful, as is all of your work. – Cora

  • Thank you my dear Cora, for loving my work…it is the greatest motivator to hear words like these…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Bill Gamblin
    Bill Gamblinabout 6 years ago

    Janis…this is so so aweome….I love the tone…and the composition of this fabulous painting…

  • It is people like you Bill, whose lovely compliments inspire me to produce good work..thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyabout 6 years ago

    Another great painting -lovely distribution of colour and highlights.

  • Thank you so much Susan, for all your wonderful compliments on my work…I look at it with new eyes after reading your comments….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous Janis.

  • Thank you so much Jenny…I’m glad you like it.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 6 years ago

    Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. Matsuo Basho

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 6 years ago

    fantastic janis..again the colours are so wonderful!!!

  • Thank you so much Catherine…I’m so pleased you like it.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 6 years ago

    beautiful art Janis – oh I still do wish I could watch you paint …..would be such a delight

  • If I did not hate being photographed as much as I do, I would film a video and post it on my personal site…till then I can only describe it for those who don’t live near enough to attend one of my classes…I’m happy you’re enjoying my work Linda…thank you so much.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Holly Werner
    Holly Wernerabout 6 years ago

    Stunning Janis.

  • Thank you so much Holly…glad you like it.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerabout 6 years ago

    really beautiful in colours…very inviting!

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