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Janet Clarkson

I was born in the north west of England, where I still live with my husband and daughter. I spend much of my time in the summer months on Anglesey, north Wales and am as frequent a visitor as possible to the Lake District and Scotland.


I loved art when at school but was persuaded against following a career in the subject, and therefore followed other paths. Art eventually became a much loved, but long forgotten hobby.


At the age of 38 I was forced by the sudden onset of chronic illness to give up work and lost my career and most of my personal and social life. My former studies then all became useless. After too many years spent trying unsuccessfully to get better I decided instead to focus on what I could do rather than what I couldn't do. This decision led me back to art.


I completed a distance learning course in drawing and painting with the London Art College and soon found that coloured pencils suited both my style of working and my preferred subject matter. They were also easier with my illness than other media as I could pick up or put down my work as dictated by my symptoms.


I then joined Harwood Painting Group in Bolton where I have received much help and support. My fellow members, along with my family, have tried very hard to boost my confidence but have had little success so far.


My favourite subjects are animals, flowers and still life as I like to depict texture, although I do attempt the odd landscape. I have completed many pet portrait commissions for friends and family and for friends of friends and family. When I am able, I hobble around Blackpool zoo with my trusty camera to build up a store of projects.


I am greatly inspired and influenced by the wildlife paintings of David Shepherd.

November 2016

Tiger -3 2cm x 41cm. Derwent Studio Pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper.

Owl - 30cm x 41cm. Derwent Studio Pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper.

Phoebe - 30cm x 42cm. Derwent Studio pencils on Derwent Black Drawing Paper

© Janet Clarkson