Janie’s paintings are a true reflection of her love of the bold colour and shapes that can be found in nature. She was born and raised in London, but has always had a real affinity with the outdoors. She spent 10 years in the stunning and truly inspirational Canadian Rockies, where both she and her husband are proud to have raised their two sons. It was the influence of her wonderful new surroundings that enthused her to pursue her journey as an artist. She now lives in an incredibly beautiful part of Devon, surrounded by green, undulating hills, rugged coastline and the tors of Dartmoor right on her doorstep, drawing on their intrinsic beauty for inspiration and trusting that the spectator can feel the colour and vibrancy coming to life with each brush stroke.

Janie trained initially in the design field, having gained formal qualifications in various areas of design. She went on to train in a London Interior Design House, where she mostly focused on colour and floor plans. But her overriding passion has always been to put her feelings and ideas onto canvas, where she can really express this through her courageously, colourful art, pulling from the bewildering beauty that can only be found in nature.

Janie really loves to get stuck in to her paintings, putting to use a variety of tools with a plethora of different mediums and approaches. Not taking herself too seriously, she has fun with her art which clearly shines through for all to see.

Her works have sold in different parts of the world, in addition to contributing to many fundraising events through donations, she has had several of her pieces displayed for their therapeutic value on hospital walls, for their terminally ill patients to experience. Knowing it can bring joy and happiness to the onlookers makes the process all the more worthwhile.

View my paintings:

Large resing painting of a poppy by Janie Matthews Read


Janie Matthews Read's Painting of a Poppy


Painting a dog done in acrylic paints by Janie Matthews Read


Large painting of flowers done by Totnes artist Janie Matthews Read