Janet hard at work

Janet hard at work

I studied natural history illustration at Blackpool & The Fylde School of Art, but I now work more broadly as an artist, currently concentrating on painting and metal sculpture.

My work is inspired by my  everyday observations of my surroundings, and my love and concern for nature. I grew up in rural NE Fife and spent a great deal of time as a child drawing animals, diversifying into chicken wire chickens as a teenager – not too much has changed in the intervening years!

A strong love of pattern and shape is evident in my work and the inspiration behind most of my paintings results from a fleeting moment or chance encounter;  a sudden flash of sunlight through the trees, a flock of oystercatchers rising from the shore. I am fascinated by the transformative effect of light and find endless inspiration in the changeable skies of NW England and Scotland. I always aim to convey the atmosphere or character of my subjects.

I walk everyday, and I sketch and take photos while I’m out. I usually then complete paintings back in my studio, often working entirely from memory. I do not have a favourite medium as such, preferring to alter the medium in response to the subject.  I work rapidly and spontaneously using lots of different tools –  including fingers, old toothbrushes, sponges, rags and palette knives. I tend to make a lot of mess, but find that this approach helps me to capture a sense of life and movement.

I do not see my sculptures as a separate art form, more as a tangible extension of drawing. There’s something really pleasing about creating a three dimensional piece of work. I’m currently learning to weld and enjoying this process immensely.

My work is featured in private collections worldwide and I have exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the UK. You can view my work in my gallery, and purchase available originals in my online shop.

I run art classes open to people of all abilities in Halton Mill, near Lancaster, as well as offering one to one art tuition, demonstrations and workshops. New members are always welcome, space permitting. Find out more about the classes here.