Janelle Schneider

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My paintings are figurative expressions in acrylic exploring the intersection of emotion, memory and connection. Between memory and a dream.

During 2013 - 2016 my time was marked by the losses of 4 loved ones in quick succession. The grief broke me open, and I existed in a place beyond words. I experienced deep re-evaluation, a re-prioritization of what is truly meaningful. Then I started painting again.

Working through my grief and finding solace in an archive of inherited family photos, the first painting was of a loved one and I in the snow. Then I painted another, and another, until I had captured each of my four lost loved ones in a memory, each an ordinary moment in time. Working on these canvases helped me sit with and process my grief, and they became a celebration, a requiem.

After spending some time in this personal focus and healing I began to expand my gaze and look outward. I started finding random thrifted photos and was surprised and deeply inspired by finding familiarity, what felt like tendrils of a broader human connection.

Curiosity and inner vision drive me to learn, communicate ideas and find commonalities. It's through the act of creating that I am able to process and relate to the world around me, experiencing life through the lens of possibility and connection. I paint ordinary moments as a window for the viewer’s curiosity, imagination and empathy to find connection. 

Thank you for your interest in my work.


I'm a Portland-based visual artist (and native Oregonian) with a BFA in Graphic Design from Pacific Northwest College of Art.

My paintings are figurative expressions in acrylic exploring the intersection of emotion, memory and connection. It is through working with the paint, balancing color and light that I both explore and share the subtleties of relationship. I paint ordinary moments as a window for the viewer’s curiosity, imagination and empathy to find connection.

Themes of connection, it's counterpoint disconnection, and duality are usually present in my work. Image and the tactility of the paint and surface express my thoughts and feelings much more completely than my words can. My choice of color palettes and treatment of light express my feelings about the work as I paint, my interest is in the expression of emotion and relation of forms, either to each other, the relationship between subject and environment and the viewer with the work. 

 My work is held in private collections across the United States and abroad.

Select Show Highlights

2023 Figures & Faces (juried)  | Cannon Beach Arts Association Gallery

2020 UNLIMITED 2020 Alumni Salon Show |  PNCA Online Gallery

          Chibi Amabie | Minimus Gallery | Instagram International Art Museum

2016 Stargazing (invitational) | Schomburg Gallery | Santa Monica, CA

2015 Musings (Solo show) | Nectar Cafe, Portland, OR

           Of Spirits and Dreams (Solo show) | Mississippi Chiropractic, Portland, OR

            Big & Small Show | Red e Cafe Gallery | Portland, OR

2012 Marin Artists Invitational Exhibit | Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter , Oakland, CA.

2009 Control SOMArts (juried) | San Francisco, CA.

          Art of the Spirit (juried) | O'Hanlon Center for the Arts | Mill Valley, CA.

          Smaller Than A Breadbox (invitational, juried) | Olive Hyde Art Gallery | Fremont, CA.

2008 LACDA “Snap To Grid” (juried) | Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA


BFA | Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Cannon Beach Gallery Arts Association

Works held in private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, South Korea and Norway.

Group Projects
The Science Tarot Deck | original paintings for the suit of wands | Sept 2010

Social media
Over 1000 followers on Facebook Art page
Publications, Articles & Exhibit Catalogues
Science Tarot Deck - 14 paintings, in both digital and acrylic for the Suit of Wands 2010
"Control – An Exhibition of California Women Artists", SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco 2009

Curatorial Projects
Jan, 2010 Counterpoint | Marin Community Foundation | Novato, CA.
Maker’s Faire Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon | The Science Tarot
Outstanding Design Thesis Award, BFA Thesis Show, PNCA
Best of Design, faculty choice show, PNCA



select previous works

available on Etsy

science tarot

A portfolio of my paintings for the Suit of Wands in the Science Tarot Project, and images from our launch party at the California Academy of Sciences.

One through ten card designs were painted using Photoshop, and the face cards were painted using acrylic mixed media on 24x36 inch canvases. For the launch party display I bound the four paintings together at the corners, and displayed on a raised central pedestal. There were also two stations with glowing light cube stands on which rested view master viewers containing the card art .

Science Tarot artists and creators
Science Tarot

3d vfx

This represents my final demo reel from my career as a texture/look development artist. This is a full Length Reel (click for shot list) - and includes examples of texture painting, look development, and some lighting examples for creatures, characters, humans, clothing, props and environments, including maps and turn tables.


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