Janet gained a fine Art degree in Sculpture and etching at Bath Academy of Art in the 70s. She had a successful career in teaching before becoming a fulltime painter some 25 years ago.
Originally well known for her colourful still life paintings, she now spends more time on land and seascapes. Drawing is an essential part of her creative process and it is increasingly evident in her finished work. Although she still works principally in watercolour it is often mixed with soft or hard pastel and gouache (opaque watercolour).
She also works on a small scale in acrylic and oils. Her inspiration comes from the coast and landscape of Cornwall with its dramatic cliffs and seas, colourful boats and harbours, and ever changing weather.
Janet finds she captures more of the energy and atmosphere of the moment working outside – whatever the weather – rather than later in the studio. “I like the spontaneity of sketch book studies and try to keep that freshness in larger works, capturing the light and colours of a particular moment. I build up layers of transparent colour to get an intensity not normally associated with watercolour.”