Copyright 2012 -2019 . Janet Rundquist .  All Rights Reserved

​Janet Rundquist walks through the woods each day to her warehouse studio in Evergreen, Colorado. There, she abstractly paints beyond the details of what one sees in nature - she focuses on the complete experience of being in the natural world…. Sounds of the birds, insects and wind through the trees or grass; the paradoxical feelings of vulnerability and awe when alone in a forest, desert, or canyon; feeling the warmth of the sun and the chill of the air, the exhilaration of speed and fear of bodily harm while careening down a hill on skis or bike…These are the emotional, sensory, and transcendental experiences the artist brings back to her studio,  challenging her to to express them through oil paint and cold wax.

Janet grew up on the prairies, hills and mountains of Wyoming. As a child, she collected many animals, large and small; raced horses, go-carts and motorcycles; ski and bike raced.  She loved staying outside in spring blizzards as long as possible, hiking, and studying decomposing animals. Digging holes in order to trap the elusive “bad guy” was another favorite pursuit. Her parents allowed and actually encouraged these al fresco activities which ultimately culminated in her infatuation, love and respect for the outdoors.  

Early on in life, Janet was intrigued by Pop Art. She was completely taken with the cultural complexity and bold colors, particularly in the works of Peter Max which defined her first understanding that art may or may not be based on the tangible. She discovered that viewing pop art and watching a thunderstorm rolling in, had the same extraordinary effect on her psyche. 

After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a BA in Art and Art Education, it was hard to give up the life of a ski bum. This decision ultimately led Janet to a life which has revolved around art. Before she began painting full time, she co-managed an art gallery, worked as a graphic designer, taught art in the public schools and served on various non-profit art boards. 

Janet continued her art studies at the Chicago Art Institute under the tutelage of Roxie Tremonto. Later, under the mentorship of Marianne Mitchell, she was encouraged, and still continues to experiment, evolve and become more intimately connected to her work.  

Having painted with oils for over 20 years Janet only recently became intrigued with the process of mixing cold wax with oil paints. She completed a cold wax workshop with Jerry McLaughlin and continues to use this combination along with different colored sands found on her travels and wood ash from her fireplace. Janet builds layer upon layer, scraping away and building more. Eventually, artwork emerges which

speaks of Janet’s deep ties with Mother Nature both spiritually and emotionally.


Janet Rundquist

​Fine Abstract Artist

Artist Statement

When I create a piece of artwork, I'm on an intuitive journey, coalescing the natural world with experiences, emotions and vulnerabilities one can only find there. A combination of all these components take shape as I paint. While I’m applying the layers of paint; the colors, luminosity, and textures seem to create their own energy and many times, have a mind of their own. Eventually, all aspects of the painting integrate and become a powerful, yet lyrical composition of my heart and mind. 


One can learn much about an artist by simply viewing her work. A review of Janet Rundquist’s abstract paintings reveal a great deal about the artist’s love of the outdoors, as well as the emotional and spiritual impact that nature has upon her. 


Curriculum Vitae


Janet Rundquist Gallery and Studio, 1996 – Present
Osmosis Art and Architecture, Niwot, CO  2010 - Present
Mountain Home, Evergreen, CO  2017 
Davis and Shaw, Denver CO  1994 – 1996 (closed)
Evergreen Gallery, Evergreen CO  1994 – 1997 
Denver Buffalo Company, “The Gallery”, Denver CO  1994 – 1996 (closed)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                                                  

2015  aBuzz Gallery, River North Arts District, Denver, CO
2012  Osmosis Art Gallery, Niwot, CO
2011  Frames for All Reasons, Evergreen, CO 
2010  The Buchanan Recreation Center, Evergreen, CO 
2008  The Petroleum Club, Denver, CO 
2007  Denver Athletic Club,  Denver CO 

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                                      
2019  "Star Dreams", Center for the Arts Evergreen,  Evergreen, CO
2018  ​"Resonance, a Journey through Light", Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO  

2017  Purple Ravens Spring Show, Evergreen, CO  

2016  Los Arcos Galeria de Arte, Chacala, Mexico
2015  Evergreen Parade of Home, Artist Invitational, Evergreen, CO
2014  Republic Plaza, Art Student's League, “Interplay”,  Denver, CO 
2010  “Hard Hats & High Heels”, Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser, Evergreen, CO  
2008  Denver Athletic Club/Petroleum Club,  Denver, CO  
2006  “Starry Western Nights”, Art for the Mountain Community, Evergreen, CO 

2004, 2005  Kimberly Moore Gallery, Evergreen, CO  

JURIED EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                                                  

2014 - 2018  Evergreen Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO  
2014  Art Student’s League of Denver Art Market, Denver, CO  

2011 - 2015  Center for the Arts Evergreen Member’s Show, Evergreen, CO 
2010  Edge of Abstraction, Center for the Arts,  Evergreen, CO  
2010  All Colorado Show, Littleton Art Depot, Littleton, CO  
2010  Lakewood Community Art Center, Lakewood, CO  
2010  Gilpin County Arts Association Annual Juried Show, Central City, CO  
2010  Evergreen Art Open, All Colorado Exhibit, Center or the Arts, Evergreen, CO  
2010  Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, All Colorado Juried Show, Greenwood Village, CO  
2008  Evergreen Art Open, All Colorado Exhibit, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO 
2005  Colorado Art Open, Juried Exhibit, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO   
2004  Views of the West, All Colorado Exhibit, Mountainside Art Guild, Lakewood, CO    
2004  Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, All Colorado Juried Show, Greenwood Village, CO   
2004  Evergreen Arts Center, Contemporary Art Exhibit, Evergreen, CO   
2003  All Colorado Show, Depot Art Center, Littleton, CO 
2003  South Union Gallery, Juried Exhibits, Lakewood, CO  
2000  Western Spirit Art Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY   

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE                                                                                                                           

Chacala Cultural Foundation, Festival of Art Residency Program,  Chacala, Mexico  2016


Juror for the Center for the Arts Evergreen Member’s Show, Evergreen, CO  2012
Juror for the Center for the Arts Evergreen, Summerfest Members Exhibit, Evergreen, CO  2012
Artist Talk, Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen, CO  2013  
2nd Place, Edge of Abstraction, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO  2010
Best of Show, Lakewood Community Art Center juried exhibit, Lakewood, CO  2010
2nd Place, 2D, Gilpin County Arts Association Annual Juried Show, Central City, CO  2010
2nd Place, “Views of the West”, Mountainside Art Guild juried exhibit, Littleton, CO 2010
3rd Place, Women of the West, Art Showcase, Sand Point, ID  1986


White and Steele P.C., Denver, CO and Cheyenne, WY
Gordon & Rees LLP, Denver, CO

PUBLICATIONS                                                                                                                                 , “It’s Nice to Know You”, June 30, 2013, by Ruth Morehouse
Canyon Courier; June 9, 2010; Page 3B; by Sara Miller 
Canyon Courier; December 19, 2007; Page 4B; by Anne Hopper Vickstrom


Graduate level studies, Art Institute of Chicago, Summer  1987 
B.A. Art Education, University of Wyoming  1981 
B.A. Art, University of Wyoming  1979

OTHER ARTISTIC PURSUITS                                                                                                                           

~Board Member, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO 2015 - 2017
~Board Member, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, CO  2008 - 2014 
     Past President - 2013
     President - 2012
     Secretary - 2011    
     Chairman – Grants Committee  2009-2011, 2013
     Curatorial Committee Member  2009 - 2012
~Board Chairman, Galeria del Sur, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua  2006 – 2012
~Developed Curriculum Based Art History Program for grades 1-5, Marshdale Elementary School,  
  Evergreen, CO  1996 – 2000
~Art Teacher, Sage Valley Junior High, Gillette, WY  1981 – 1986
~Free Lance Graphic Designer, Jackson, WY  1979 - 1980
~Assistant Manager, Happy Peasant Gallery, Jackson, WY  1979 - 1981