mont Blanc Cheilon
View Across Lac du Dix in Switzerland

 

Born in the U.S., Janet Johnson grew up amid the rolling hills and lush farmland of central Pennsylvania. There she developed a fascination with the elemental beauty of the landscape.

At Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Janet studied painting and ceramics. Through the school’s foreign study program, she went to Rome, where she studied the masterworks of Italian painting and sculpture. Janet returned to Italy to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Arts at Rosary College in Tuscany.

Several important themes resonate in Janet’s art. She presents an idealised representation of nature, in the tradition of Romantic art. Her work evokes the poetry of the landscape: the glitter of snow and ice; the sweeping curve of a mountain summit; the layered tints of sunlight; the shimmering night sky.

The artist has a lifelong passion for mountain sports, and her work depicts themes that are prominent in the mountaineering experience: the exhilaration of facing a great challenge; the courage and skill required to navigate a path through peril; and the mountain ascent as a metaphor for the journey of life.

The artist’s work is showcased in galleries, as well as specialized venues, including mountaineering clubs and events. Janet’s work is exhibited in hotels and chalets in France and Switzerland, especially along the Haute Route, which links Chamonix and Zermatt.

 

Recent Exhibitions and Events

2017 “Not the Royal Academy,” Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, England. “Open Competition Exhibition: Royal Watercolour Society,” Bankside Gallery, London.

2016 “Christmas Exhibition 2016”, Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, England

2016 to 2017 “Arolla Sublime,” Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus, Arolla, Switzerland.

2016 “Glory of the Glacier” The Alpine Club, London, England. “Not the Royal Academy,” Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, England.

2015 “Encounters with Snow and Ice,” The Alpine Club, London, “Not the Royal Academy,” Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, England.

2014 “Not the Royal Academy,” Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, England.

2013 “The Haute Route Event,” Grand Hôtel & Kurhaus, Arolla, Switzerland.

“Open Competition Exhibition: Royal Watercolour Society,” Bankside Gallery, London.

2012 Landmark Art Fair, Teddington, England.

Solo Exhibition: Alpine Paintings, Parkhotel Beau-Site, Zermatt, Switzerland.

Solo Exhibition: Alpine Paintings, Hôtel de la Couronne, Argentière, France.

2011 “Open Competition Exhibition: Royal Watercolour Society,” Bankside Gallery, London.

Landmark Art Fair, Teddington, England.

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, Windsor, England.

2010 “The Haute Route,” The Alpine Club, London, England.

Photo credits David Sorrell, portrait Sarah Cuttle

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