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 I didn’t have an outlet for it.

My husband built me a studio, more to move my stuff OUT of the house since art was just a hobby at that point, but it was a great studio once I became more serious. That time came in 2007, a year after my dad passed away.

I was looking for a katydid photo to symbolize my dad in the way he taught me the love of nature, the love of being silent and taking in the sounds of our surroundings…the love of everything, even if it isn’t “traditionally” pretty. By accident, I came across a colored pencil forum that instantly mesmerized me and reminded me one of my favorite mediums was colored pencil. I just didn’t know the potential until I saw the wonderfully talented artists on the site. A few months later, I joined a local art gallery.

Since then, I’ve expanded into pastel. It was a natural progression from my other favorite medium – charcoal. I enjoy going back and forth, depending on the subject and my mood. Pastel allows me freedom in the movement, the back and forth it allows that colored pencil does not.

I’ve continued my effort as a serious artist while working full time, raising children as a widow, and creating art in a smaller studio.  Even with everything life threw at me, (and I know it’s not done), I’m still looking at life as if it should be framed, savored, and genuinely appreciated.

I’m fascinated with the details in life, the expressions of joy and sorrow, the light shining on an object or animal and I just take it all in.


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

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


One Nation \ Pastel | 2nd Place – Patriotic Expressions 2017 Art Contest| 2017

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


Alamance Artisans Extravaganza | 2017 | Haw River NC

Alamance Artisans Studio Tour | 2013-2016 | Mebane 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       Garden Valley, CA
Tryon NC            Durham NC
Raleigh NC          Benson NC
Hartford CT        Bozeman MT


CPSA Membership, the Colored Pencil Society of America

CPSA District Chapter 114

Orange County Artists Guild, NC (2013-2014)

Alamance Artisans, NC

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