Medium: Charcoal on paper
Dimensions: 91 x 68 cm
CHG Directors Statement: Janet holds a Diploma with the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, and has completed tonal studies with Graham Inson in Sydney and figurative expression studies through sculpture at the Rhok Acadamie in Brussels, Belgium. Three years living in Europe enabled her to research 19th and 20th Century figurative works as well as contemporary images in major collections and the influences Japanese art has had on art movements during this period.
The tactile quality of drawing with charcoal strongly influences the direction of Janet’s art. In recent years she has worked on a series of large charcoal portraits of elderly Australians, drawn from life, travelling as far afield as Arnhem Land and Central Australia.
Portrait Artists Australia has included Janet's portraits in their 2012 publication The Artists' Book. From May to September this year her portrait of Thelma is part of Portrait Artists Australias exhibition at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC. During her painting career Janet has gained recognition and awards in a variety of media, including the 2013 Mortimer Art Prize for Figurative Art and the $7,500 ‘Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary’ Watercolour-Works on Paper Prize, with a charcoal portrait. Her paintings, and drawings have widespread appeal and are exhibited in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.
Janet continues to develop and share her artistic experiences and expertise within the art community. Each year, she conducts workshops and individual classes in a diversity of techniques, including watercolour and both life and portrait drawing. She has also had articles published in the Australian Artist magazine.
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