Janie is an artist living in Brighton. She grew up in the Northeast of England among the rugged coastlines near Whitby and the beautiful countryside of the North York Moors.
In the 1990s she gained a BA (Hons) in Illustration from Harrow College and went on to attain a MA in Illustration from Central St Martins.
After years working as an illustrator, she decided to pursue her passion for fine art, attending The St Ives School of Painting where she was taught by Alice Mumford.
Janie paints directly from life, in oil or gouache, with still life being a favourite theme. She is endlessly fascinated by arrangements of simple, everyday humble and beautiful objects.
Landscape is another constant theme, especially the Sussex countryside. She records her responses in sketchbooks and works from photos and memory to capture the feeling of a fleeting moment whilst walking on the Downs.
Light plays a crucial role in her paintings, whether it is artificial light to create mood and intensity in her still lifes in the studio, or the atmosphere of half-light present under grey skies.
Janie has many artistic influences including William Nicholson, Richard Diebenkorn, Georgio Morandi, Gwen John, Agnes Martin and Manet.
Foundation Course from Cleveland College of Art and Design
Illustration BA (Hons) from University of Westminster (Harrow)
MA in Communication Design (Illustration) from Central St Martins
Placement at Royal College of Art
Artologie, Cuckfield, Sussex
Monochrome Cadmium, Rye Art Gallery, Sussex