Janice has loved animals and nature all of her life. She is especially drawn to the characteristics which make each flower, tree, or animal unique. Using her own reference photos, her “portraits of nature” bring those characteristics to life giving the viewer a window into the soul of the animal or land. She is known for her animal expressions and eyes.
She moved to Montana in the summer of 2001 and immediately fell deeply in love with the majestic landscape and people of this great state. Her heart and soul found their home. She lives on the Continental Divide southeast of Butte with her husband and three German shepherds. For inspiration, she merely walks out the front door.
She believes in order to accurately portray the animals she depicts, she must know them. She spends hours trouping around Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountains, rivers and valleys with her camera watching the animals and birds. Her paintings and drawings focus on animals she has personally observed and photographed.
Janice loves to draw and is fascinated by the endless possibilities of a common pencil. While she enjoys color and pushing paint around, she is totally captivated by the drama of black and white media. She finds scratchboard addicting as she watches her images emerge from the black surface. Her mastery of the medium has earned her several awards, including the back cover of North Light Books, Strokes of Genius 6, a series of books celebrating the best in drawing.
Basically self-taught, Janice has been privileged to receive guidance from several highly recognized masters in wildlife art: Robert Bateman, Julie Chapman, Greg Beecham and several others.