Winter Night in Hardy Country.. by © Janis Zroback

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As evening shaped I found me on a moor
Which sight could scarce sustain:
The black lean land, of featureless contour,
Was like a tract in pain.

“This scene, like my own life,” I said, "is one
Where many glooms abide;
Toned by its fortune to a deadly dun -
Lightless on every side.
I glanced aloft and halted, pleasure-caught
To see the contrast there:
The ray-lit clouds gleamed glory; and I thought,
"There’s solace everywhere
!".Thomas Hardy..excerpt..A Meeting with Despair

Winter night in Hardy country….Watercolour on Indian paper


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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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  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 2 years ago

    Janis you never fail to stimulate the senses with your stunning imagery! Every time I view a new work from you my senses go into overdrive! You really do know how to evoke emotion from your viewers. A rare talent indeed! Bravo!

  • I am so glad that you like this Robin….it’s really great to get positive feedback on a painting like this which is not the usual type of landscape…it means that I’m not a voice crying in the wilderness…thank you so much for the lovely compliment…

    – © Janis Zroback

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    WhiteDove Stud...over 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much KJ…

    – © Janis Zroback

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  • rjpmcmahon
    rjpmcmahonover 2 years ago

    A wonderful landscape. :-)

  • Thank you so much…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago


  • But there is light in a window and light in the sky so much solace like the poems says…thanks so much Liz…

    – © Janis Zroback

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  • Thank you so much Jolie…I hoped someone would notice the light in the window :)

    – © Janis Zroback

  • KathO
    KathOover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous. Do you start with the poem or paint first then find the words to illustrate it? x

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous!! Sorry I am behind in commenting again! Life is so full of interuptions! I have been looking however and as usual your work is magnificent!!

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