Janet paints in pastel and oil and especially enjoys palette knife oil painting. Since childhood, Janet has loved to draw horses and rode these beautiful creatures whenever possible. She exercised polo ponies for several years and lovingly cared for two horses of her own. While she enjoys painting all creatures, she is now focusing her art on this magnificent animal. She especially enjoys her commission paintings of not only horses, but the people who love them, dogs, cows and other creatures.

This painting has great sentimental meaning to me. I painted this painting of this mighty Buffalo after visiting Yellowstone Park. We were driving one morning in Yellowstone when suddenly a herd of Bison came out of a wooded area and began trotting towards our car. We stopped and gasped as 70 or so bison, males, females and calves, came trotting down the road and trotted by our car. We couldn’t believe the power and size of these beautiful animals. I could have reached out the window and touched them. Seeing all of these horns coming towards us, hearing the weight of their hooves on the pavement, our car shaking in response, and the low guttural sound that the bulls make. It was a memory that I will never forget! Then this story came to me via a friend…Buffalo Chasing the Storm
As the story goes…’when a storm comes a cow will see the storm and run from it, causing the storm to chase it and the cow being in the storm a long time. But the mighty buffalo will face the storm and walk right into it, causing it to go through it much more quickly.’ A metaphor for life. We are served best by facing the storm and challenges that come to us, like the mighty buffalo.

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This painting is a commission in oil that I recently painted for my friend JoAnn. ‘Bobby’ was a playful and humorous boy whom she adopted from the Police Dept. when he was retired. He served as a police horse for most of his life and she was delighted to bring him home to join her herd. She told me how loving he was and funny too. He would grab the grooming brush in his mouth and trot around the corral waving it in the air! I wish I had met him before he crossed the rainbow bridge a few months ago. I know how she misses him. I truly loved painting him!

I have been enjoying having my hands in clay again. These Angelic horses will be joining my herd of paintings and drawings for my upcoming Open Studios Art Tour 2019 show in October. The show information is on my exhibition page here on my website. I am adding more underglazes and glaze before they go back into the kiln.

This painting is really meaningful to me. It honors a magnificent Arabian stallion that was truly a prince. My cousin bred Arabians for show and sale and she was truly passionate about the Arabian breed. Her Prince was like her soul mate. She had other stallions but we all knew Prince was her favorite. He was amazing, beautiful and so patient. Anyone from 4 year olds to beginner riders were safe with him. He just knew how to take care of everyone around him. I am so grateful to have known this beautiful boy. He was a true Prince.


Studio time is my happy place! This painting is just past the underpainting stage. My herd of paintings is growing! Open Studios Art Tour is over a month away!

A portrait I painted in Soft Pastel of Bayamo. I am so happy to know that Pamela loves her painting. If you look to the right, you will see my reference photos from the photos that I took of him. He is such a magnificent boy!

My newest passion into sculpting

/> These Spirit Horse sculptures were so much fun to create! Thank you Dawn and Pat for falling in joy for them and bringing them home with you! More sculptures to see at Open Studios Encore weekend Oct. 20th & 21st from 11am – 5pm.

I really have been enjoying the process of creating in clay. There is so much to learn. It is so fulfilling to me to express my love of creating the equine form in a new way. I am finishing up a few new pieces for Open Studios 2018. Coming up October 6th & 7th and 20th and 21st here in Santa Cruz, ca.