“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 Liesemer was born and raised in Toronto where she studied Interior Design at a local College. After working in the city for many years outside of her field of interest, Janet found herself frustrated by her lack of time and energy for her true passion: art. Her move to Walkerton in 2000 brought her back full circle to art where she began a small business “Paint by Design”, specializing in interior painting and murals.
Basically a self-taught watercolour & acrylic artist, Janet enjoys trying to reflect her personal connection with God and His wonderful creation in her paintings. Her love of travel has contributed to her artwork, from the hiking trails of Vermont, the bright colours and architecture of Mexico to the rolling hills of England. All are a source of inspiration.
Janet currently resides with her husband, in the picturesque village of Ayton, On. Janet participates in local art shows and is a full-time exhibitor at the Southampton Art Gallery. Her work is also displayed and sold at The Spotted Moose in Mount Forest.