About Janae

As a young girl, I used to draw spiders. Everywhere and on everything.

At 10 years old, I wanted to be a starving artist.

Things changed a bit after art school, like getting a 9 to 5 job and finding a spot in the corporate world. I never really stopped creating, but didn’t have an outlet for it.

My husband built me a studio soon after our daughter was born…I think more to move my stuff OUT of the house since I wasn’t doing anything serious with my art. My studio quickly became a storage building for anything that didn’t fit in our small house. It would not be an art studio for a few more years.

In 2007, a year after my dad passed away, I was looking for a katydid photo online. The katydid symbolizes my dad in the way he taught me the love of nature, the love of being silent and taking it all in…the love of everything, even if it isn’t “traditionally” pretty. By accident, I came across a colored pencil forum that instantly mesmerized me. A few months later, I joined a local art gallery.

Since then, I’ve continued my effort as a serious artist while working full time and raising children as a widow.  Even with everything life threw at me, I’m still looking at life as if it were a still life or portrait worth painting. I love the details in life, the light that shines on something and the shadows that are created.


B.A. in Fine Art, Meredith College | 1998 | Raleigh NC

B.A. in History, Meredith College | 1998 | Raleigh NC


Swish | Pastel | 2014 Annual NC Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition | 2014

Woolly Malamute and Alpine Goat | Pastel | 2013 NC Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition | 2013

Violet | Colored Pencil | 11th International Fine Arts Show | American Juried Art Salon | 2010 | Plano Texas

Portrait of a Military Father | Pen and Ink (Stippling) | 1st Place – In Honor | 1991 | North Ridge Portrait Competition | Raleigh NC

Golden Key Award | 1991 | Durham NC


Harrison’s | 2014 | Burlington NC

Festifall | 2012 | Chapel Hill NC

Benjamin Winery | 2012 | Saxapahaw NC

Saxapahaw Artists “Summer in America” | 2011 | Saxapahaw NC

Royal Bean | 2010 | Raleigh NC

Tyler D Studios | 2009 | Burlington NC

Art & Soul Studios “Aloha” | 2009 | Mebane NC

Art & Soul Studios “Together Again” | 2009 | Mebane NC

Churton Street Realty | 2009 | Hillsborough NC

Benjamin Winery | 2009 | Saxapahaw NC

Art & Soul Studios | 2008 | Mebane NC

Mebane Public Library | 2008 | Mebane NC

Art & Soul Studios | 2007 | Mebane NC

Meredith College | 1998 | Raleigh NC



Fine and Folk Art Carolina | 2014-current | Mebane NC

NC Crafts Gallery | 2012 | Carrboro NC

Saxapahaw Artists | 2011-2012 | Saxapahaw NC

Art & Soul Studios | 2007-2009 | Mebane NC

Mebane NC       Chapel Hill NC

Tryon NC          Durham NC

Raleigh NC        Benson NC

Hartford CT       Bozeman MT


CPSA Membership, the Colored Pencil Society of America: http://www.cpsa.org

CPSA District Chapter 114: http://cpsadc114.org

Orange County Artists Guild, NC: http://www.orangecountyartistsguild.com (2013-2014)

Alamance Artisans, NC: http://www.alamanceartisans.com

Visual Artist Exchange, Raleigh NC: http://www.vae.org


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