Janelle Schneider

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Janelle Schneider is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who lives and maintains her studio practice in the Portland, Oregon area. She has been painting using oils and acrylics most of her life. Janelle is an alumna of Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she earned her BFA in Graphic Design and was honored to be recognized with “Best of Design, Faculty Choice” and “Outstanding Design Thesis” awards.

Janelle’s current paintings are figurative expressions in acrylic exploring themes of memory, connection, identity and belonging.
Her curiosity and tender heart support her ability to see commonalities before differences. The act of creating opens up a liminal space to process and relate to the world around her.

Embracing processes that leverage digital tools with traditional methods, Janelle uses a moleskin sketchbook and iPad Procreate app to iterate ideas and adjust compositions, colors, light effects, then brings the ideas using acrylic to canvas or birch panels. Painting is an escape and she loses herself in the process; creating, questioning, bringing feelings and ideas to the canvas. 

 Janelle’s work has shown in the Portland, San Francisco Bay and L.A. areas and is held in private collections worldwide.


Ahead of the pandemic, during a span of about three years my time was marked by the death of 4 loved ones in quick succession. The grief broke me open, and I existed in a place beyond words. I experienced a 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 through the lens of my emotions. Working on these canvases helped me sit with and process my grief, and they eventually became a celebration, a requiem.

After spending some time in this personal focus and healing my gaze extended outward. I found familiarity and tendrils of a broader human commonality through random thrifted photos and was surprised and deeply inspired by this. Working with both physical and digital tools I like to try new things, play with ideas, adjust compositions, colors, light effects, then bring the rough sketches with acrylic to canvas or birch panels.

In each composition, I contemplate the subjects as individuals; imagining/remembering what their lived stories were, then bring to life and celebrate ordinary moments for the viewer to contemplate their own associations.

Thanks for your interest in my work.

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
Memberships & Affiliations
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 materials & surfacing

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.


Contact me for commission requests or pricing on available works.

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