My newest character portrait in the series Hardy’s Women, is from his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge
“About eighteen years old when she and her mother arrive in Casterbridge, Elizabeth-Jane is the daughter of her mother’s second husband, Newson….the man she married after her first husband Henchard, (now Mayor of Casterbridge) sold her to Newson years before, in a public marketplace…
Elizabeth Jane is a sweet, innocent young woman who is ignorant of the social graces required of a mayor’s stepdaughter. She strives to improve herself, reading constantly and studying Latin and geography.
Gradually she transforms herself into the kind of sophisticated young lady Henchard believes he ought to have as a daughter. When Henchard alternates between doting on her and verbally abusing her, she never understands why, especially when Henchard (mistakenly) reveals the “truth” about who her father was. She never really lives up to Henchard’s expectations of her and is often unhappy

Watercolour and Charcoal on Sanded Paper…my imagined portrait of Eustacia Vye…

Some of the Hardy collection can be seen below…the remainder can be viewed by clicking the title below…


Eustacia Vye

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Winter on Durnover Field

Wessex Tales

Wessex Tales 2

The Return of the Native

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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  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    lovely lady great features janis !Liz

  • I am finding it quite an interesting challenge to come up with what I feel the character looked like….thanks so much Liz….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergeralmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work Janis! There is a sweetness and innocence to her and something else that eludes me at the moment. :-)

  • I think Hardy meant her to be so….at least I felt that…she was out of her depth…very passive and was abused for her pains….I am thrilled that you like her…thanks so much Cathy….

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  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work Janis. Her sweet character shines through; as well her struggles… Her eyes tell she is thinking about her – probably about Henchard…

  • Thank you so much MuiLing….she probably is thinking about how best to please him….I am so glad her character shines through….glad to see you back here too…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning – just love it. Michelle

  • Thank you so much Michelle…I’m thrilled that you like it…

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  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis, well done.

    David xx

  • Thank you so much David….very good of you…

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  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 4 years ago

    very beautiful work

  • Thank you so much Bobby…very nice of you…

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    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 4 years ago

    Another great addition Janis !

  • Thank you so much George….very nice of you….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning Portrait….Janis!! you can see a sadness with in her eyes. Phenomenal Work as always, my friend!! Wtg =D

  • Thank you so much Carla….lovely of you to say so….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 4 years ago

    OMG …. Such a Striking portrait Janis!… Scintalating eyes to Beautiful light & dark . Stunning !
    Many thanks “Wow” that’s a Fabulous message…Paulx

  • As coming from you Paul, portrait artist extraordinaire, I will treasure those words..
    I am doing a few of Hardy’s women to add to the rest of the Hardy collection…it’s how I imagine them to look and I’m having a great time with it….see the others to the right….thank you so much for the lovely compliment….

    – © Janis Zroback

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