Art is made to be seen, to be enjoyed, to be talked about over dinner, to remind you of a moment, scent, place or feeling. My paintings are made to be remembered. They lift your spirits. Art is visual but loved through stories. My paintings will start stories of your own.

The sparkling abundance of nature inspires me daily. Initially I work quickly, taking my cues from the natural world; flowers, landscape, scents and even sounds. Working in a variety of mediums including (but never exclusively) oil paint, inks, pastels, watercolours and collage. Often working on multiple pieces at once, my paintings progress as I relax and allow the mediums to dictate these early moves.  Colour is always predominant in my work, I simply cannot suppress my urge to use it and why would I want to! My use of colour seems to have the power to lift moods and carve positive spaces into people’s homes and this transformative effect still thrills me. I allow my paintings time to rest before returning to them with a fresh perspective, to finalise forms, textures and tweak compositional elements before I am completely satisfied. As a designer I’m fascinated by evolving trends and understand how important it is that paintings reflect your personality and fit into your home. I love how they can take on a new life, yours.

Following degrees in Design, Art History and Fine Art my creative practice today is underpinned with time spent drawing, looking, photographing, musing. I’m thankful for the strong foundation upon which I constructed my own creative world. I’ve been a professional artist for 18 years and it still surprises me how much I still have left to do. Living in the Lake District, which is such an inspiring location, clearly helps fuel creativity for my own work, but sharing my knowledge and experience of the world around me through workshops is a real privilege as I connect people to their own creative spark!

If you’d like to visit me and see my art in the studio feel free to get in touch to arrange an appointment or join me on one of my workshops or open studio days.

Hope to see you one day soon!

Create Art with Janette

Online Workshops and Mentoring


2017 The Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh a collection of new work in for the Winter show
Bellwood & Wright, Lancaster a collection of new work in for December
The Number Four Gallery, St Abbs Winter Show   November/December
Edinburgh Art Fair represented by The Number Four Gallery    November 17-19
C-Art Open Studios at home, Milnthorpe, Cumbria      September 15-17
Lakes Artists Society Annual Summer Exhibition, Grasmere, Cumbria     July 28 – September 9
Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, Oxfordshire    Summer Group Show     July 15 – September 3
Paint at the Courtyard, Appleby  Summer Show   July 10  – September
Art room Gallery Garstang, Summer Show   June 15 – September
Factory Kendal Open Studios @ Janette Phillips Studio      March 31– April 2
2016 Painters @ Plato’s Plato’s Wine Bar     April – July
Factory Kendal Open Studios in Janette Phillips Studio & Artspace 26A     April 2/3 and 9/10
The Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh a collection of new work in for Spring
Bellwood & Wright, Lancaster a collection of new work in for Spring
The Number Four Gallery, St Abbs Summer Show     16th July – October
ArtFest North, Kendal Town Hall 22nd – 24th July
2015 The Laurel Gallery “A Floral Arrangement” Join Show    April 30 – May 31
Factory Open Studios    April 11-12
Green Door Art Trail The Factory Studio    March 28-29
Painters @ Platos Ongoing showcase of my paintings in the wine bar, Kirkby Lonsdale
2014 The Laurel Gallery Festival Exhibition Edinburgh    August
The Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition Grasmere    July 26 – September 3
Bellwood & Wright Pop-Up Exhibition Lancaster    July 12
The Number Four Gallery Spring Show St Abbs    April – June
Green Door Open Studios    April 5th-6th
2013 Painters @ Plato’s Plato’s Wine Bar, Kirkby Lonsdale    June – July
Curation of ‘The Art of Sean Phillips’ Sugar Store Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal   October – November
2012 Winter Show Artroom Gallery, Garstang    November 8    November 2 – 24
Inspired by… a Solo Show, Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh    November 2 – 24
Green Door Open Studios    October 2 – 4
Green Door Selected Show, Sizergh Barn Cafe    July 2 – September 30
Silverdale & Arnside Art Trail, Silverdale    June 29 – July 1
Dart Gallery Grand Opening, Darwen Aldridge Academy    June 21 – July 31
Painters @ Plato’s, Plato’s Wine Bar, Kirkby Lonsdale    June 20 – Jul 31
Group Summer Show, Laurel Gallery , Edinburgh    May 20 – August 1
The Story of Coppice, Farfield Mill, Sedbergh    March 31 – April 29
Glasgow Art Fair, Laurel Gallery Stand    March 23 – 25
Spring Group Show, Artroom Gallery, Garstang    February 2 – April 22
2011 Christmas Show, Mussel Inn, Glasgow    December 3 – January 10
Edinburgh Art Fair, Laurel Gallery Stand    October 18 – 20
Green Door Open Studios    September 17 – 25
Open Up North, Brewery Arts Centre    October 1 – November 10
Five Painters @ Natterjacks, Ulverston    May 15 – July 2
Silverdale & Arnside Art Trail, Silverdale    June 24 – 26
2010 Green Door Open Studios    September 24 – 26
Summer Exhibition, Arteria Gallery 23    June 5 – August 15
Silverdale & Arnside Art Trail, Silverdale    June 25 – 27
2009 Green Door Open Studios    September 25 – 27
Silverdale & Arnside Art Trail, Silverdale    June 26 – 28
2008 Lost Edges, Shifting Light, solo show, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal    November 29 – January 1
Green Door Open Studios    September 26 – 28
Featured Artist, Pinfold Gallery, Windermere
The Big Inspiration, Kendal Museum    June – July
2006 Solo at the Queen’s Hall Gallery, Narberth
2005 Solo at Oriel Emrys Gallery, Pembrokeshire
Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Art Matters Gallery
2004 Paint with Sean Phillips at Art Matters Gallery, Tenby