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Janet Strayer


My art celebrates life in its variety, focusing on the intersection of worlds within and around us and on the imperfect beauty of being human in an ever-changing reality.  It is inspired by experience and imagination, by cultural lore, nature, life-long travels, and by the sensual qualities of paint, color, and movement.

I use a focused range of styles (click here), from abstract-expressive to unique representations of figures and landscape. Underlying currents in my paintings are the inherent animism of all things and attention to moments of physical and  psychological transformation.

My work has won some awards, gained positive press review, appeared in books and media as well as in private and corporate collections. It’s been the focus of solo shows in public galleries as well as appearing in many juried group exhibitions. You can see more here (click).

You can also read my regular column, Artist En Route, in Arts Avenue magazine during 2015-2016, while I’m living in France and Italy. My permanent home is in Vancouver and Saturna Island, B.C., where my studio is located.