Z’Anne’s passionate goal as an artist is to honour the ideas of transparency and exactness, whether painting in watercolour or in oil. To achieve depth and glow in her work, she has recently been working in the Renaissance technique of multiple glazes, her subject matter ranging from portraiture to complex depictions of water and forest. Our Saugeen Watershed is a constant source of inspiration.
Whatever the subject, the perennial challenge is that of creating a unified and “painterly” canvas, while giving each important element its due. Hard work, but joyful, like the company of other artists.
“Looking back over the years, I can see how the “colour” of my various gifts have been blended and shaped. Even as a young girl, I can remember sitting down during family functions and drawing sketches. About twenty years ago, I took a watercolour night school course. That decision gave me the confidence to pursue my creative art interests in a new and more intentional way. Since that time, I have taken many courses from accomplished artists, to learn the techniques of painting in watercolour and acrylic. After retiring from teaching several years ago, painting became this grandmother’s passion.
The love of art is best shared with others of like mind. I have gained much from belonging to local art groups in Wasaga Beach, and Collingwood. Now, in Hanover, I have found the Saugeen Artists to be a great way to meet local artists and be involved in promoting visual arts in the area. It has been rewarding to be involved in library shows, outdoor art shows, and studio tours. Samples of my work are finding their way into local businesses such as “Noah’s Inn” in Neustadt, and “Millennia Books” in Hanover.”
Janet is a native of Kitchener, Ontario. After studying Canadian native cultures and religious studies at the University of Toronto, she moved to Elphinstone, Manitoba, and lived for three years near Riding Mountain National Park. Here, she deepened her interest in native arts and culture and studied the Saulteaux language, healing herbs, wild flowers and wildlife. Then, Janet lived three years in Brandon where she studied the spirituality of various traditions, drama, native studies, and English at Brandon University, before coming back home to Kitchener to work with the family business.
Now, Janet enjoys time spent with friends and family, including her mother, daughter and two, dear grandchildren. She now lives in a cottage on a small lake near Elmwood, Ontario. Her interests include watercolours, travel, writing, photography and will soon hold art classes in the Elmwood/Hanover areas.
Janet began to develop a serious interest in watercolour painting in 2004. She has studied with artists, Ardythe Campbell and Marion Anderson of Kitchener and New Dundee, Art Cunanan of Collingwood, and Gordon MacKenzie of Sault Ste. Marie.
The Saugeen Artists are putting on our 7th annual Art Show & Sell at the IWA Hall in downtown Hanover, July 26th to the 28th during the Hanover Sights and Sounds Festival! Come see the 20 member artists’ displays and silent auction with items donated by the participating artists. On Saturday there will be a children’s art activity table located in a tent outside the front of the hall (in case of bad weather the table will be relocated indoors). New this year are the “Small Masterpieces” by the artists for sale for $15 each.
Gala Opening: Friday, July 26th, 4-9 pm
Meet the artists, listen to some live music, have some refreshments, participate in the silent auction.