Monday, June 1, 2015

Artist Spotlight: Janet Hill Studios

This week I'm starting a new column that I'm calling Artist Spotlight.  Each month I'd like to feature one artist or designer.  I've chosen Janet Hill of as my first artist to feature.  Janet's work does what art should do, it elevates my mood.  Whether it's a still life or a portrait I'm instantly transported to this romantic world she has created.

Realism Still Life-Dancers


Prince Charmings
Her color palette is gorgeous and her work is both feminine and whimsical.   I'm so delighted that I could talk with her and get to know more about her work and her creative process.


  Bleu Avenue:  Hello, Janet. Thanks so much for taking time to talk with me. Your work is so original, how would you describe your artistic style? 

Janet HillI tend to think of my style as magical realism. I'm inspired by a mix of real life and imagination. I'm interested in the moment when the two collide, which often means depicting people in ridiculous situations.

B:  That's precisely the element I love so much about your work!  Do you have a favorite piece that you've created?

JH It changes depending on the day. Right now I really like 'A Fainting In The Botanical Gardens'. It's a happy and colourful painting, but it has a slightly sinister narrative to it that inspires the imagination.

Fainting in the Botanical Gardens
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

B:  I love the humorous little Easter egg in this painting.  It must be wonderful to create scenes like this.  What is the most difficult part of your creative process?

JHProbably the most difficult part of the creative process is patience. I have so many ideas and waiting until they have fully evolved in my head is difficult.

B:  Your paintings are so full of  details, how do you know when a piece is complete?

JHWhen I can't stand to look at it anymore.

B:  Haha, I know that feeling as I'm sure a lot of creative people do.  Any advice for aspiring artists?

JHBe honest with your work and do what comes naturally. Don't emulate others.

B:  Very wise advice.  Thank you so much for talking with me today.

Miss Moon Was a Dog Governess.  Lesson Two: Always Be True to Your Adventurous Spirit.

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Watchful Ivy
Crepes for Suzette

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