Janet Brady began painting in 1997 after finishing a 15 year career in the fashion world as a Knitwear designer. The pinnacle being head of knitwear at Burberry. With a desire to rekindle her artistic passion she began painting in Watercolour, she taught herself to draw and paint. Her first love was Watercolour and driven to replicate her photographs as paintings she obsessively achieved that goal. Four years ago she took up the challenge to paint in acrylic. A very modern medium it took several years to master it. In total contrast to her realistic watercolours she now paints abstract landscapes, Initially Dartmoor was her muse, very dramatic, passionate, moody landscapes of the moors. Allowing herself the freedom to take her creativity in any direction Janet has painted Japanese Geishas incorporating her fashion illustration skill, exploring fantasy and collage using Japanese papers. In 2019 her work was inspired by a trip to Perugia is a collection of modern icons. Her latest work came from the first Lockdown in April 2020. She created a body of work for a 30 works in 30 day Challenge. She based it on her earliest memories and dreams.
To see this body of work visit her website
Life in Devon
In 1999 Janet and her family moved from London to their beautiful home in Devon, two young children kept her busy while settling in to the rural community. While continuing to paint she also became a school governor and teaching assistant. In 2003 Janet and her partner Peter decided to set up their own business and so Brambles Art Retreat was born. They created a website, advertised in Devon Life, opened an account with Google adwords and the rest is History. With their creative talents they began to teach art from their Pink Cottage in Devon. Guests would come to stay for a weekend or five days, live in their home, savour Janet’s delicious cooking and enjoy a creative learning experience. As the years have progressed they took their guests to locations All over the world, France, Italy, India, Greece, Morocco, and Japan.
Painting is her passion and she continues to promote and host courses.
Paint for herself and exhibit her work locally and nationally.
Her latest work “Unfathomable” was selected for the prestigious Royal West of England Academy open in Bristol.