Janet paints and teaches from her studio at Avoca Beach, NSW, Australia. She is predominately a figurative artist, who demonstrates a strong interest in the compositional aspects of space and pattern in her works.
Janet holds a Diploma with the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, and has completed tonal studies with Graham Inson in Sydney and figurative expression studies through sculpture at the Rhok Acadamie in Brussels, Belgium. Three years living in Europe enabled her to research 19th and 20th Century figurative works as well as contemporary images in major collections and the influences Japanese art has had on art movements during this period.
The tactile quality of drawing with charcoal strongly influences the direction of Janet’s art. In recent years she has worked on a series of large charcoal portraits of elder Australians, drawn from life, travelling as far afield as Arnhem Land and Central Australia.
Portrait Artists Australia has included Janets portraits in their 2012 publication The Artists' Book. During her painting career Janet has gained recognition and awards in a variety of media, including the 2013 Mortimer Art Prize for Figurative Art and the $7,500 ‘Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary’ Watercolour-Works on Paper Prize, with a charcoal portrait. Her paintings, and drawings have widespread appeal and are exhibited in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.
Janet continues to develop and share her artistic experiences and expertise within the art community. Each year, she conducts workshops and individual classes in a diversity of techniques, including watercolour and both life and portrait drawing. She has also had articles published in the Australian Artist magazine.
An 'open studio' is also held as part of her end of year exhibition with the opening night in November dates to be announced. The studio hours will be 11am to 4pm on the following Saturday and Sunday. There is a $10 entry fee on the opening night where wine and nibbles will be served. Each entry purchases 3 birthing Kits to go to developing countries. Any enquiries regarding this exhibition can be made through the contact link on this web page.
Visits can also be made to Janet's Studio as part of the 5 Lands Artists Studio Trail. www.5landsartstudios.com on the first Weekend in November and March each year 11-5pm. Visits can be made at other times by appointment.