Janet Brady began painting in 1997 after finishing a 15 year career in the fashion world as a Knitwear designer, the last ten as 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 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, Dartmoor is 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, fantasy and collage using Japanese papers. The latest work and inspired by a trip to Perugia is a collection of new icons.
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 home 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 progressed they took guests to locations All over the world, France, Italy, India, Greece, Morocco, and Japan.
The Balancing Act
Nearly three thousand guests later with a full programme of courses available for 2020, from being … inspired by hosting a course in Japan, that culminated in an exhibition in London in Pall Mall she continues her creative path, latterly inspired by a trip to Perugia painting new icons…
Click on the link to see a selection of Janets current artwork.