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Janet studied painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, where her tutors included Alberto Morrocco, David McClure and Jack Knox. As a student, awards included a place at Hospitalfield House summer school and the Duncan of Drumfork Travelling Scholarship. Through the auspices of the British Council she was awarded a one year post graduate scholarship to study painting at Belgrade University - after which Janet took ‘the long road home’ via Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Afghanistan. In more recent years she has had the opportunity to visit Japan.
Having relocated to London her art practice included both printmaking and painting and during that time she exhibited regularly as a member of the Printmakers Council.
With the move to her current studio in 2000 Janet has concentrated solely on painting and had a number of successful solo exhibitions in London. She retains links to her Scottish roots as a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute and Paisley Art Institute and has regularly had work selected for their annual exhibitions. She also takes part in the annual ‘RCA Secret’ fundraising exhibition.
Commissions include two limited edition silk screen prints for the P&O Cruise Liner ‘Aurora’ and her work is in Dundee University Collection.
Of her paintings Janet says:
“In recent years my subject matter has been still life based but rarely do I ‘set up’ a still life – a work might start with some flowers or a plate of pears in the studio but what happens next on the canvas is totally unplanned.
My paintings are essentially about pattern and colour and the simplification of the picture plane. Which colours to use are triggered by any number of things such as red pears, shocking pink and green dragon fruit, or a child dressed in a bright pink coat with acid green dress and yellow wellies. In recent years oriental pots have become a bit of an obsession – started by a Japanese pot that belonged to my grandmother - others found in flea markets and charity shops have crept into my paintings.”