Janet Taylor’s paintings are explorations of the poetry of gesture and the possibilities of materials - acrylic, graphite, pigment and crayon. Her paintings are created in extended visual conversations with the work. She experiments and then pauses. Risks and then retreats. It’s a process of engagement and distillation, keeping what belongs and letting go of what doesn’t. Marks are veiled, overwritten, or later exposed, leaving traces of their passage. Slowly, the process translates experience and thought into richly layered paintings with a resonant sense of place and narrative.
Following her BFA from Queen's University, Taylor pursued a career in graphic design, interactive media and photography; all of which inform her work today. In 2016, she returned to fine art and has been building her studio practice since then. Her work is in collections in Canada, the US, the UK, and Bermuda, and has been seen in Contemporary Artist, Style at Home and Uppercase magazines, and on HGTV Home Tours.
After many years in Toronto, Taylor has been on the move. She currently lives and works in Gravenhurst, Ontario.