“Plein Air” Painter Jana Somach
Jana Somach and her family have lived in Pinellas County for over 40 years. Always interested in art while growing up in the Netherlands, she went on to study metalsmithing and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam with jewelry as her creative output at the time. Somach moved with her husband to the U.S. in 1972 and settled in Florida.
After a period of time in which weaving was her medium of choice, she studied painting at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. Her enthusiastic embrace of the plein air (a French term meaning “open air”) process began a few years ago. Plein air painters situate themselves away from their studios, most often in outdoor settings, and capture the essence of what they see, complete with the natural light and shadows that occur.
“We are limited in the time we have to complete a painting, usually only about two hours, because of the movement of the sun and shadows,” explains Somach.
She typically travels to plein air settings with a regular small group of women friends, often capturing Florida scenes close to water such as Honeymoon Island, the Tarpon Springs docks and Anclote River.