Abstract Still life by contemporary artist Janette Phillips
Janette Phillips is an artist, designer and art mentor based in South Cumbria where she divides her time between painting, teaching within the community and leading art holidays abroad. Please see the workshops page for details of current classes.
'My work tends to be created in series that reflect my interests, both in subject and medium at the time. I am currently experimenting with mixed media and collage as my work becomes more abstract in its response to the initial subject.
In my landscapes I aim to capture the essence or atmosphere of a place or time through sketches and photography. These inform my memories back in the studio where the final pieces evolve using a wide variety of media. In my still life pieces I try to distill my response through shape, colour and pattern.
I am fascinated by the marks and traces I can make upon paper, board and canvas and therefore my work, although having a fixed starting point becomes fluid and develops through the interaction between myself and the marks I am making. As a result representation becomes secondary to the painting's surface where tonal and compositional harmonies and tensions structure the final result.'
1986 BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Preston Polytechnic
1992 BA (Hons) Arts/Humanities at the Open University
1999 - 2003 Further Fine Arts courses with the Open College of the Arts and Carmarthen College of the Arts
2008 PTTLS Teaching Qualification
2010 'Fresh Awards' Best New Product for my range of arithmetic badge cards for Think Bubble Press
2003 Queen's Hall Drawing Biennale, 2nd Prize
Tenby Open Art Competition, Highly Commended 2003/4/5