Bio

Janet has been influenced since her early childhood days by the forms and colors of the pastoral farm-scapes and rich lake-scapes of her home state of Michigan.  Though, the impact of her mother’s illness and eventual death with Cancer would prove to be her most enormous emotional influence. She studied art history and participated in summer fine art classes at The Cranbrook Institute of Arts as a child.  She did volunteer work as a docent at the Detroit Institute of Art while a young student. She was assistant to the 19th Century American Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art while attending college in Los Angeles.  Janet did undergrad work in American Art History at the University of Southern California. She is considered an expert and performs as an appraiser of 19th and 20th Century American painting and sculpture.

After a long and prosperous career art consulting in California, Janet was faced with cancer. Three surgeries, and two treatments later, she decided to follow her early dreams of becoming an abstract painter. Primarily self-taught, what Janet lacked in formal training, she made up in hard work and perseverance.  Several years, four daughters, and many paintings later, Janet’s work can be seen in many important contemporary collections. Her clients include writers, designers, composers, painters, artists, actors, and sports figures. You can see her work in hotel lobbies, on television show and movie sets, corporate hallways, and wonderful, unique residential homes.

Janet is influenced by the American Abstract painters of the 1950’s. Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, and Mark Rothko. The colors of the sea and shore; the pastures where her horses graze and the sunlight playing against the foothills of her home all help provide her work drama and intensity. In her paintings, she works in broad, brilliant strokes, using techniques and tools that contain a very signature style.

Janet’s home studio is rich in charm and curiosity. Her Paint horses hang their heads inside her studio in amusement while she orchestrates her next body of work, or plans her next solo charity exhibition. It is located high in the foothills of Steinbeck’s “Pastures of Heaven” in the fertile Salinas Valley of Central California. Visitors are always welcomed by happy dogs, beautiful paintings, new, and fresh music, and her enigmatic style. Commissioned work is gladly accepted. Don’t be surprised if Janet manages to act as artist, designer, sister, therapist….clients go away feeling as though they have been understood for the first time.  This painter, woman, mother, philanthropist, friend cannot be pidgeon-holed.

All exhibitions prior to 2005 were Group shows

  • 2006 One Woman Show “When Push Comes To Shove” Gallery North Carmel, CA
  • 2006 One Woman Show “The Theory of Pink” Lauren Grove Gallery, Gross Pointe, Michigan (benefiting breast cancer wellness)
  • 2007 One Woman Show “House Warming” Rodney Hunter Gallery Monterey, California (benefiting the Cancer Community)
  • 2007 One Woman Show “The Woman I Keep To Myself” Gallery 211 Carmel, California (benefiting at-risk youth)
  • 2008 One Woman Show “My Literal Worldview” Pebble Beach, California (benefiting at-risk youth)
  • 2008 One Woman Show “Taking Shape” Oya Gallery, Pacific Grove, California (benefiting the Cancer Community)
  • 2008 One Woman Show “Gateways and Watersheds” Rancho Cielo, Salinas, California (benefiting Rancho Cielo’s youth programs)
  • 2009 One Woman Show “Intentional Fortitude” Studio 441 Corral De Tierra, California (benefiting under privilaged college students)
  • 2009 One Woman Show “Views From The Monastery” Gallery 211, Carmel, California (benefiting micro loans for Single Moms)
  • 2010 One Woman Show “Collaborations” The Richard Meier Gallery, Beverly Hills, California (benefiting Environmental Media Association’s LA public school garden programs)
  • 2010 One Woman Show “Studio Dharma” Studio 441 Corral De Tierra, California (benefiting the Monterey Mammography Center)
  • 2011 One Woman Show “ Seeking Truth” The W Eco Hotel, Hollywood, California (benefiting the Wellness Community in LA)
  • 2011 Eco Duet Show with Billy Zane “You Done With That?” The Vault Gallery, Cambria, California
  • 2011 Traveling Exhibition “Paintings For Peace” currently in Eslov, Sweden (benefiting global peace initiatives)
  • 2011 Museum Show for the “World Peace Festival” , 12 large paintings at the Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 A Group Show “Commonwealth” Malibu, California (benefiting Artspace of Los Angeles)
  • 2011 One Woman Show “Shifting Plains” Presentation and exhibition only at The Global Green Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2011 One Woman Show at the Opportunity Green Conference, Los Angeles, CA “The Laws of Nature” Exhibition and Presentation only
  • 2012  “Fresh Canvas” Collaborative Show with painter Billy Zane to help benefit The Cancer Wellness Community of Los Angeles. 20 new works.
  • 2012  “Raw Imaginings” One woman show, Gallery Afforia, Aspen, Colo. Helping benefit The Re-Gen Center of Aspen
  • 2013   March   Aspen   Pismo Gallery.. “A Constant Craving”.. Solo Show
  • 2013   July San Francisco   “Pop Up” (raising funds for Haiti) Solo show
  • 2013   Sept  Cambria The Vault Gallery   “My Mother’s Voice”   Solo Show
  • 2014   January  Venice  “Pop Up” (raising funds for at risk kids)   Solo show
  • 2014    April  Carmel “ House Warming “ (raising funds for local children’s arts program)
  • 2014   September Malibu “Art Wave” New work “Sand and Water”
  • 2014   October  Los Angeles   J. Alexander Gallery New work “Communion”
  • 2014   December Miami  Art Basal
  • 2015 Site Specific commissions
  • 2015 Aspen Hospital
  • 2015 Mr. Marshall Faulk
  • 2015 Art for Abused Kids
  • 2015 The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu
  • 2015 Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas, Ca
  • 2015 The Benjamin Cancer Wellness Center, Venice, Ca
  • 2015 Private Patrons
  • 2016 Non Profit Shows only
  • 2016 The Buddy Program Aspen, Colo
  • 2016 The French Hospital, San Luis Obispo, Ca
  • 2016 Hope, Horses, Kids, Monterey, Ca
  • 2016 Art for Abused Kids, LA, Ca
  • 2016 The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu, Ca
  • 2016 Legacy Paintings through The Dream Foundation, Santa Barbara, Ca
  • 2016 Various public school art departments in Ca
  • 2016 “Housewarming” Works on paper to benefit at-risk kids, The Vault Gallery, Cambria, Ca