Collection: Warnes, Janet

Janet received her BA Hons in Fine Art and Textile Design, 1972 at Leeds University, West Yorkshire UK, followed by Post Graduate Diploma in Education, 1973. She taught for six years before emigrating to Canada 1981, and taught in Alberta for 17yrs before moving to Nova Scotia in 1999, where she continued to teach in HRM until 2014. She currently teaches Watercolour workshops and private art lessons in painting and drawing, both in-person and online. She leads Plein-Air painting groups throughout HRM. 

Janet joined the Dartmouth Visual Arts Society in 2016. She is also an associate member of CSPWC. Janet's artwork can be found in private collections all over the world, and she exhibits and sells her work at the Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing, Dartmouth. 

Artist Statement

Painting outdoors is a compelling activity for me; for a few hours I experience a unique sense of purpose, mindful of each painting moment and so immersed in the activity that nothing else really matters. Enveloped by my surroundings, there is a strong connection to my ‘sense of place’ which informs my painting response.

I have been painting Plein Air in watercolours since my childhood years growing up in England. Wherever in the world that my life has taken me, I have travelled with paintbox and paint-pad in hand, reflecting, responding and recalling the visual and emotional senses of the experience. 

“I pretty much paint every day; it’s the one contemplative activity that keeps me learning, growing, sharing and meaningfully connected with life!”