For multi-award winning cityscape artist Janet Kenyon, it is not the hustle and bustle of city life that inspires her art, but rather the pockets of space that she identifies in the heart of the urban drama going on around her. Her subtle yet vibrant watercolours offer an alternative view of city life, inviting us to take a step back and view the familiar scenes from a distance, taking us by surprise by capturing an unexpected perspective and sense of breadth within the frame.

Over the course of her career, Janet has received an impressive number of accolades, winning competitions including: the Cityscape Prize in the Royal Watercolour/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in 2009, the Critics’ Prize in the Laing competition in 2000, and the Northern Region Laing Watercolour Competition in 1997. Shge has exhibited at the Royal Society of Watercolours, the Royal Society of Women Artists, Lynn Painter- Stainers Prize exhibition and the Royal Scottish Academy open.

Janet grew up in Bolton, Lancashire, studied at Bolton College of Art & Design and later gained a B.A. Hons. in Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic. Her spare time is spent on her other passion, running, and like painting, a freedom of the mind and spirit, and a certain dedication is the key to success. She has enjoyed the freedom of the fells for many years and represented England and Britain on a number of occasions, most memorably representing England and coming 5th in the World, in the World Cup Mountain Races in Susa, Italy in 1996. Her affinity for open space in the countryside is mirrored by her interest in painting the space within our cities and the manmade structures that form an integral part of it.

Janet’s distinctive style is achieved via a highly individual painting technique. Her interest in painting in the watercolour medium began at art college when a set of cold water dyes was offered to each of the class to ‘try out’. Her experimental side soon took over and before long she was combining the dyes with wax resist to create bold statements of texture, mood and light. Cold water dyes have been her preferred medium and she has used them ever since with great effect in the images she captures on watercolour paper.