JANA SKARECKY, ARTIST
Jana Skarecky was born in the Czech Republic and came to Canada at the age of ten. In the visual realm she works mostly in the medium of acrylics. She has also worked with watercolours, especially with the veil painting technique. She is a member of the Art Section of the Toronto Heliconian Club.
Besides being a painter, Jana is a composer whose works have been performed on four continents. She teaches music in Mississauga, and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She finds working as a composer and an artist a stimulating combination. Working with an idea in both the medium of music and that of painting can spark something new in each area. Many of her paintings were created in parallel with her compositions. One could say she paints music.
Concerts featuring Jana’s compositions are often accompanied by displays of her art, such as “Time Tributaries – Music and Art by Jana Skarecky” in celebration of her 60th birthday in 2017 in Toronto. Her paintings of mountains and forests have been exhibited at performances of her opera about Emily Carr, and her exhibition “Healing of the Earth” was accompanied by a concert of her compositions on this theme. Her series of paintings entitled “Veils” accompanied the premiere of the composition “One More Veil that Falls Away” for cello and piano.
Some of her art has been commissioned and her paintings can be found in private homes in Canada and the United States. There have been eight different exhibitions of Jana’s paintings at the Adamson Estate in Mississauga — “And all the stars flowered in the sky” (2003), “Veils” (2004), “Healing of the Earth” (2005), “Circles of Life” (2006), “Mountain and Forest” (2007), “Fire and Sun” (2008), “SunFire” (2009), “Play of Light” (2010), “Earth Arising” (2011) . Her work has also been exhibited by Visual Arts Mississauga, in Toronto by the ACA Gallery Heliconian Hall, as well as in Kitchener-Waterloo, Brampton, Bath, Stratford, New York, and Odense, Denmark.