I was born in June of 1977 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I grew up in Washington State, Alaska, and went to a year of college at Marymount College of Fordham University in Tarrytown, New York, where I took a design class that taught me composition. I currently live in Anacortes, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest. I have been fortunate enough to have taken many classes over the years. I have also been fortunate enough to have had many encouragers in my life, including my parents, who believed and still believe that artistic expression is highly valuable and worth pursuing.
I have taken courses in design, figure studio, color theory and art history, studied the writings and paintings of many artists, and experimented and practiced for twelve years on my own in various mediums. I paint subjects that are familiar and many times sentimental to me, including abstract figures of family, landscapes inspired by local towns and seascapes from my home in Northwest Washingnton State, my own still life situations, and wild and domestic animals. Working quickly and spontaneously from my own photography and imagination adds life and movement to my paintings. My work has been shown in galleries in Washington State, New York and Pennsylvania, including being juried into the 76th Annual Open International Exhibition of the Northwest Watercolor Society.
Comments from people about my art:
"A very different and exciting use of watercolor."
"and what I love about your art, and this is from my heart...it's honest..natural...special...keep going. :)
"Please keep in touch as most of the artists I collect are dead :)"
"By the way, your paintings are very powerful and delicate at the same time. I think they tell a lot about your personality. I love your art. Brava!"
"Your art talks back. You are living in paint."
"Janel, you know how to get to the heart of a scene."
"Your paintings are confident, tender, clear, ambiguous, great."