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Janet Matthews 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 Matthews is a respected and sought after teacher, with many years of experience and a flair for making workshops both informative and fun.
Janet’s brilliant use of coloured pencils and graphite has justifiably placed her in the forefront of artists using her chosen medium. Her realistic, beautifully detailed drawings of animals and birds are full of personality and humour. Janet’s works are keenly collected throughout Australia and overseas.