Exhibition of drawings by Janet Matthews – WASA wildlife artist of the year 2017
Drawing demonstrations: 1-4pm Sunday 7th and Saturday 20th October
“Pencils have always been a part of my life; I always knew that being a pencil artist was my career path”
Janet’s brilliant use of coloured pencils and graphite has justifiably placed her in the forefront of artists using her chosen medium. Her realistic, detailed and gentle drawings of animals and birds full of personality and humour, are keenly collected throughout Australia and overseas.
Janet grew up in country Victoria and studied art at Monash University in Churchill, where she consolidated her passion and skill in drawing and her love of intricate detail, against the ‘norm’ of painting or sculpture. Perseverance with her style and choice of medium, the humble pencil, combined with her very skilful and unique art-works have made her a well respected artist in today’s art-world. With a purpose-built studio in outer Melbourne, Janet has a wonderful environment in which to work.
A native garden outside her window offers Janet daily communication with many of her subjects, both birds and flowers. Her studio is a hub of activity and a peaceful artistic venue for many students; Janet is a respected and sought after teacher, with many years of experience and a flair for making workshops both informative and fun.
Janet’s artworks have been purchased for the New York State Museum, Council of Xuz Hou in Japan, Australia Post, City of Monash Collection, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Monterey Secondary College, Bill and Maureen Mann Wildlife Art collection, Horsham Gallery and for Private collections in Australia, Japan, Germany, UK, USA, China and England.
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