“Complexity within simplicity” is the motto PJ Garoutte uses as she approaches her paintings. She says, “I love simple images juxtaposed to a vibrantly complex background, or vice versa. I spend a lot of time visualizing my paintings before and after I paint them.”
PJ’s paintings evolve into representational images as she expands the forms that emerge. “My paintings are a diary of my everyday life; there has been a continuous dialogue between myself and my works of art my whole life.”
The paintings of Monet and Matisse inspired PJ to pursue an art career. The wildflowers of the Missouri roadside, the oak woods of her home and the irises from her Mother’s gardens have fed her imagination for a lifetime.
Garoutte moved to New Mexico in 1967, where she currently lives and paints the landscape.