I live and work from my home and studio on the banks of the River Earn in Highland Perthshire.
My paintings are my response to the landscape and natural history of this area. I need to immerse myself in a place before I can begin to paint. Drawing is an important element in my practise. It allows me to record as well as respond to a landscape in a direct and immediate way. In the studio ideas become edited and filtered. ideas dictate how the work is to be executed. I enjoy this more fluid way of working which allows me to work both in 2 and 3 dimensions.
I am a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Scottish Society of Artists and Visual Arts Scotland. I exhibit with galleries here in Scotland and the United Kingdom. Further examples of my work are available on the RSW web-site as well as my own web-site Janetmelrose.com.
Janet studied Fine Art Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art under John Busby RSA RSW and William Baillie CBE PPRSA PPRSW, graduating in 1987. She has exhibited extensively in Scotland, London and New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Society of Scottish Watercolourists, the Scottish Society of Artists and Visual Arts Scotland. It is held by collections including Flemings Bank Holdings, the Bonham Hotel, Royal Air Force, the Lints Partnership SSC and the Festival Fringe Society.
Janet will lead the workshop on our new art retreat on the island of Iona 6-13 May 2022. Find out more
Away from the studio I enjoy travelling with my family to Italy. We have a family run food and wine business which gives me the opportunity to continue learning Italian and to drink the vino too. I enjoy walking my horses as I no longer ride which always amuses people. But as I point out dogs are not the only animals that need and enjoy a walk.
Landscapes are not about looking towards a horizon. They are about looking down at the earth and inward into self. Both coexist and one informs the other. Ideas, memories and loosely held thoughts are brought together as an inscape to make visible what lies within and without.