Janelle Schneider is a painter and Visual Effects Artist for film and television. A native of Portland, Oregon, Schneider received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from PNCA with an emphasis in Graphic Arts. She was awarded with "Best of Design" in the Faculty Choice Show in 1997 and the "Outstanding Thesis Award in Graphic Arts" in 1998.
Her passion for painting began in early childhood when she was given oil paints, brushes, and canvas, and she began to paint imaginary worlds to escape into. She loves the natural wild spaces, and draws inspiration from color & light, symbolism and dreams. She loves the times of day before sunrise and right after sunset, those numinous few minutes during which the sky holds the light. She is interested in liminality - possibilities that exist "in between” states and her paintings often present views that feel both dream and waking.
A Portland design professional, she moved to the San Francisco bay area in 2002 to begin work on the films Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. Janelle remained in the bay area where she worked as a film 3d texture artist for various studios including Dreamworks and Disney. All the while maintaining a personal painting studio practice in acrylics where her work began to take on a quieter, more introspective and meditative direction.
Schneider contributed 14 paintings for the "Suit of Wands/Stars" for the group project The Science Tarot, which enjoyed a launch party reception at the California Academy of Science, and received the Maker’s Faire Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon in San Francisco, 2010. Schneider has exhibited across the San Francisco Bay Area, including shows at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, the Joseph P. Bort Metro Center in Oakland, the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, and the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. Her works are held in private collections in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Norway.
She currently lives and works in Happy Valley, Oregon.
"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." -Joseph Campbell
"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." -Joseph Campbel