Kelli Janson – “Open Roads”- paintings in Bear River, July 16, 2022.

Kelli has created new paintings for her summer show at Sissiboo Coffee Roaster in Bear River. She will be in attendance on the opening day, Saturday July 16, 2022 from 1-3pm.

The exhibition moves to Annapolis Royal on Sept. 1, 2022


The idea behind my paintings for OPEN ROADS came to me as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  I felt shut in and isolated by the lockdowns and provincial border closures. Like most Nova Scotians, I felt burdened with fear, sadness and stress.

I love a good road trip. I began daydreaming of traveling to destinations in Nova Scotia that could bring me joy and calm. Some were familiar places, others were new-to-me.

The paintings in this show are the results of those daydreams of open roads along the Annapolis Valley, the South Shore, and Cape Breton Island.

In most of these paintings,  I am alone on the road looking over the steering wheel with the luxury of the view ahead all to myself.

In’ Blomidon View” I imagined stopping to take in one of my favourite scenes.

Over these last two years, I have become very grateful for many things – family, friends and health. I am also grateful to live in such a wonderful spot on this earth, in a province filled with unrelenting beauty.

I hope my paintings invoke in you a sense of lightness and optimism as we travel together towards joy and calm.

Kelli Janson / 2022 Kelli (Randall) Janson grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Graphic Design in 1993. Upon graduation, Kelli worked as a graphic designer for the Chronicle Herald and Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, before moving with her family to Digby, Nova Scotia, in 1999.

Kelli currently works as a visual artist from her home studio, focusing primarily on acrylic paintings and pencil drawings. She is a member of the Annapolis Royal Community Arts Council (ARCAC) and a past board member and current member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS). Kelli’s paintings and drawings can be found in private collections throughout North America and Europe.

Represented in Nova Scotia by:
The Teichert Gallery,  Halifax  (year-round)
Bear River Artworks Gallery  (May – Oct)
The Flight of Fancy, Bear River (May – Dec)