Janet is inspired by the nature of the British countryside. Its unassuming and quiet beauty captures her imagination.
Each work evolves from a series of en plein aire sketches, often of local scenes. Janet searches for the hidden colour and forms in nature and then identifies structure and balance using a brush to draw each shape.
Her paintings are a result of underpainting in pure watercolour and careful overpainting in gouache until she has achieved her desired outcome.
After completing a four year programme of study at Medway College of Art, Janet Darley became an Art Tutor at a convent school in Maidstone, Kent and has continued to work as an artist and tutor for many years, currently with Kent Adult Education and privately.
Janet runs Artworkshops, inspiring adults and children in painting, sculpting and other art skills.
Janet has exhibited in The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2014, 2015, and will be exhibiting with them again in September 2016 and also demonstrating at the exhibition in the Mall Galleries
Janet has exhibited in The Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Exhibition several times including 2016.
Janet has exhibited in The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, The Society of Women Artists and the United Society of Artists and also in many exhibitions in Kent.
Janet was a selected artist with Pure Arts Group in 2014
In 2015 Janet was invited to adjudicate and award prizes for the Children’s Art Competition hosted by Saint Stephen’s Festival of Art and Faith, Kensington.
Janet’s work has appeared in several publications including Leisure Painter, Kent Life and InsideKent.