Janette Summerfield gained an Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Design specialising in Interior Design, from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, and practised as a commercial interior designer for several years in both the private and public sector.
Her inspiration comes from her love of the landscape; she explores patterns, colours, and textures she sees within it. Capturing these elements is the very essence of her work. Known for her use of colour she is interested in exploiting colour values within her paintings, exploring how colours react to one another and how that affects our response to the image. She uses a limited palette to produce cohesion and harmony within her work. Being foremost a pastellist, she is equally at home painting in oils and acrylics where she employs similar techniques and mark making as those found in her pastel work.
More recently she’s been exploring the genre of still-life. Working on boards of no more than 8”x8” or 6”x12” she continues her interest in pattern, colour, and texture, preferring to zoom into the subject, cropping it as you might a photograph.
Janette became an elected a member of the RBSA in 2010, and a member of the Society of Women Artists in 2009, and her works are in collections in the UK, USA, and South Africa. She exhibits at the RBSA and other galleries in the UK. She regularly runs pastel workshops for the RBSA Gallery and has been invited to lead workshops for a number of local art societies.