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 Janet Eager Krueger      



Living on the land is a daily personal relationship with nature that goes beyond environmental or recreational tourism. For many, this type of brief, albeit intense, exposure to a non-urban environment is the only remaining means of interpreting nature.

I really did choose the road less traveled thirty six years ago. And I can testify that ranching and raising a family in South Texas is no picnic at Enchanted Rock. It is not a walk down a discreetly graveled path in the “primitive” area of a state park. It is the long haul down an unpaved road; the drought, the flood and the isolation. It is taking the bitter with the better. Living on the land exposes the immediacy of one’s impact, and the difficulty of finding a balance between the subjective urge to control and the objective recognition of the brevity of our tenure. It is a life endowed with all the characteristics which modern society mourns as lost: responsibility, commitment, wonder, and peace of mind.

When I was younger, my work was figurative and biographical and took a turn for the narrative, as every thing I saw and did seemed to have a certain timeless, mythological resonance.  At the time, I felt it was a way to take a new look at the old myth of Texas ranch life.

More recently I seem to have eliminated the human narrative entirely, except as occupant observer. My work is still essentially biographical and certainly has something to do with aging. I am the documentarian of this particular and familiar slice of South Texas. Recording its fierce beauty and implacable solitude is sufficient expression of my presence.

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Dixon's Pond, gouache 10x11.25.jpg (184099 bytes)
Dixon's Pond, gouache,
10” X 11.25”

Dixon's Tank 48x54 oil on canvas.jpg (152650 bytes) 
Dixon's Tank, gouache,
48” X 54”


DeepDitch_gouache15.75 x11.25.jpg (184623 bytes)

Deep Ditch, gouache,
15.75” X 11.25”


-Ditch gouache 10x21.jpg (100501 bytes)
Ditch, gouache 10"X21"


Wet TXII gouache 21 x15.jpg (120498 bytes)
Wet TX II gouache, 21"X15”


Low Road 48x72 oil.jpg (136143 bytes)

Low Road, oil on canvas,

48” X72”

Monarch oil on canvas 60 x 84.jpg (131286 bytes)
, oil on canvas,60” X 84”

Bluestem Wallow gouache 10 x8.jpg (168136 bytes)
Bluestem Willow
, gouache 10X8

CountyRoad Gouache 4 x6_.jpg (71644 bytes)

County Road, gouache,
4” X 6”

Laguna Oil 54x48.jpg (159409 bytes)
Laguna, oil on canvas,54” X 48”


Sip.gouache 15x18JPG.jpg (142969 bytes)
Sip, gouache,15” X 18”


Wet TXI gouache 21x15.jpg (133937 bytes)
Wet TX I, gouache, 21"X15”



Twist_gouache 13.5 x11.25.jpg (150058 bytes)
Twist, gouache,
13.5” X 11.25”

BlueCounty Road 4x6 rain gouache.jpg (67701 bytes)
Blue County Road gouache 4X6

Buffel, gouache-board, 12X16.jpg (135663 bytes)
Buffel, gouache on board
12” X 16”

Pivot oil on canvas 60x84-2.jpg (161644 bytes)
Pivot, oil on canvas 60"X84"

Seeing the Unseen gouache 16 x16.jpg (140368 bytes)
Seeing the Unseen, gouache
16" X 16"

Underthe Fence gouache 13.5x12.jpg (180301 bytes)
Under the Fence, gouache
13.5" X 12"

WildPersimmonGrove. gouache 15x21JPG.jpg (120135 bytes)
Wild Persimmon Grove, gouache
15" X 21"

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