I aim to capture the mood of the moment - the humour, drama or silence and I achieve this by simplifying what I see into blocks of tones and shapes and by pushing the boundaries of colour and perspective. By using vigorous mark making and brush strokes I can create the energy and movement to achieve a more dynamic painting.
Most of my paintings have a story behind them and many of the outback scenes are from field trips into the bush and of station life. I am regularly commissioned to do animal portraits and love to hear about their stories. I feel it is an honour to be trusted to paint a special pet and that It is a beautiful way to have a permanent memory and reminder of them. They are a joy to do.
Some say that my paintings are edgy, vibrant, emotive and expressionistic.I am a people watcher, animal stalker and lover of the great Australian outback.
I work with soft pastels, oils and acrylic and I paint so that I can share the beauty of what I see through my eyes and feel that if my painting creates an emotion in the viewer or makes some one smile then I have achieved that goal.
I have won a number of prizes and awards, have been a feature artist on Blue Thumb and Ozartfinder Finder and I will be featured on the TV series Put Some Colour In Your Life in 2020. I hold solo exhibitions yearly and my paintings grace the walls of homes in Australia, the U.K., Germany and Singapore.
2021 - PASA Creating The Pastel Dream - first prize, animal section
2016 - Campbelltown Art Show merit award
2015 - People's choice Chapel Hill Winery
2014 - Loxton Art Show - first prize, open art section
2012 - Big Circle Arts Collective - award for technical skill
2011 - Adelaide Town Hall - award of excellence
Janette with galahs
Commission work and happy client
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- LEARN HOW TO PAINT
Pastel classes for beginners and mentoring has resumed at Atelier Crafers, 1 Cox Place, Crafers, 5152, on Wednesday’s from 2-5 pm. Please phone Atelier for bookings on 0883396590
- Barossa Valley Arts Festival 1st to 3rd April
- April 9-12 dramatic skies workshop
- April 1-4 seascapes workshop
- Meet the artist at work at the Hayes Family Wines, Tanunda 2nd & 3rd of April
- WORKSHOPS AT ATELIER CRAFERS
April 22 - the magic of the sea - 10-4.00
May 22 - the pampered pooch - 10-4.00
June 26 - stunning skies - 10 - 4.00
Hayes Family Wines, April - October Essence of Australia
Stump Hill Gallery, - June 17 - July 31. A co- exhibition with Allen Ramachandran and Robin Hicks.
- ART DEMONSTRATIONS
How to paint in the style of Arthur Streeton, Friday August 6, 2.00 - 4.00 pm at Atelier Crafers
Artist in Residence, Blackwood rotary Art Show, painting in pastel, Saturday July 17, 1.00 - 3.00 pm at Blackwood high school, Seymour St, Eden Hills
Streetscapes abstracted, Monday July 12, 10.00 - 4.00 pm at Atelier Crafers.
Rugged Coasts with pastels and mixed media, Monday 26th July, 10.00 - 4.00 pm at Atelier Crafers
Streeton themed landscape, SALA, Friday August 27, 10.00 - 4.00 pm