Janet pix.jpgJanet Biles - ARTIST

 

Born in Medford, Janet grew up on the McKenzie River and in the Eugene/Springfield area. Art has always been important to me with many private and group classes in my youth.

 

My career took me away from my art and eventually to owning and operating a computer training company for 16 years. While my career was not in the arts, I always kept my fingers in the arts by continuing to take classes and paint recreationally whenever possible. 

 

I began painting in oils and acrylics in the 70s, but fell in love with “the magic of watercolor” in the 90s. I now paint exclusively with watercolor. “I enjoy vivid colors and an impressionistic and whimsical style in my painting – no wimpy watercolors for me.”  I paint from photos, often multiple photos come together to create the composition I want. I am commissioned to paint many animals as gifts, memorials and simply for fun.

 

My husband, Stan, and I have been active in the communities where we have lived. I was the first chair of the City of Olympia Arts Commission and later appointed by Washington’s Governor to the Washington State Arts Commission. I was on the Harlequin Live Theater Board and was active in starting the Olympia ArtsWalk, now celebrating over 25 years. Stan was elected mayor of Olympia after serving on local boards and commissions. 

 

In 2003 we returned to my childhood stomping grounds on the McKenzie River. I have helped to organize the McKenzie Arts Festival, the McKenzie Home and Garden Tour and have had an active role in the McKenzie Garden Club, including vice president and president. I am a member of the Emerald Art Center, McKenzie Artists’ Guild, McKenzie Arts Forum, Maude Kerns Art Center and a Lifetime Member of the Oregon Watercolor Society.

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Janet pix.jpgJanet Biles - ARTIST

 

Born in Medford, Janet grew up on the McKenzie River and in the Eugene/Springfield area. Art has always been important to me with many private and group classes in my youth.

 

My career took me away from my art and eventually to owning and operating a computer training company for 16 years. While my career was not in the arts, I always kept my fingers in the arts by continuing to take classes and paint recreationally whenever possible. 

 

I began painting in oils and acrylics in the 70s, but fell in love with “the magic of watercolor” in the 90s. I now paint exclusively with watercolor. “I enjoy vivid colors and an impressionistic and whimsical style in my painting – no wimpy watercolors for me.”  I paint from photos, often multiple photos come together to create the composition I want. I am commissioned to paint many animals as gifts, memorials and simply for fun.

 

My husband, Stan, and I have been active in the communities where we have lived. I was the first chair of the City of Olympia Arts Commission and later appointed by Washington’s Governor to the Washington State Arts Commission. I was on the Harlequin Live Theater Board and was active in starting the Olympia ArtsWalk, now celebrating over 25 years. Stan was elected mayor of Olympia after serving on local boards and commissions. 

 

In 2003 we returned to my childhood stomping grounds on the McKenzie River. I have helped to organize the McKenzie Arts Festival, the McKenzie Home and Garden Tour and have had an active role in the McKenzie Garden Club, including vice president and president. I am a member of the Emerald Art Center, McKenzie Artists’ Guild, McKenzie Arts Forum, Maude Kerns Art Center and a Lifetime Member of the Oregon Watercolor Society.

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