Jan Munro PS
My paintings are made with watercolour, acrylic, pastels and sometimes a mixture of media. I am primarily a landscape painter using both local and other UK places for inspiration. More recently I have been developing still life paintings in pastel. I love to buy a piece of pottery wherever I visit and it inspires a still life.
I aim to represent a place or thing but also to convey to the viewer my inspiration and feelings about what I am painting. I want to look beyond the reality.
Composition and design are key elements in my paintings so that there is a feeling of balance. There will always be a sense of light and space. I work hard to master the media that I use so that the painting seems to flow beyond technique and to be made with a playful curiosity and seemingly without struggle.
Enabling others to enjoy and develop their own art is a big part of my life. Weekly classes for adults take up much of term time. Often preparing a class informs a painting. They go hand in hand.
Method of Working
I like to spend time in a place, make sketches, take photos and gather as much information as I can. Paintings of landscape are mostly made in my studio from sketches made on site. If I use a photo I always make a sketch from it and use memories of that place so that I move away from the totally representational. More and more I like to paint en plain air sketches usually in watercolour. Landscapes are made in watercolour and acrylic with texture and distance in mind.
A still life is always set up in my studio. Recently I have been including landscape or place in with the still life. This can take time. I need to see it for colours, patterns and light. I then do a drawing. Pastel is the medium. I use a sanded surface in a mid or dark tone. Pastel is applied dark to light with side strokes and some layering.
Born London 11.4.1958
Lives and works Herts/Bucks area
First Career was in Nursing. 1976-1990.
Bsc Hons Human Biology: Loughborough University, 1985.
City and Guilds : Mixed Media, Life Drawing, Watercolour Diploma part 1 (Gold Medal Winner 2000).
The Pastel Society
Scholarships, Awards, Prizes
The Artist Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015
The Unison Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015
The Annie Longley Award : The Pastel Society 2016
The Frank Herring Award : The Pastel Society 2016
The Wicked Watercolour Award : The RI 2015
Best in Show St Albans Art Society, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017
The Pastel Society 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
The Society of Women Artists 2011, 2013
Parallax : Chelsea Town Hall, 2015
Yvonne Arnaud Exhibition, Guildford, 2015
Annual Exhibitions of St Albans, Berkhamsted, Harpenden Art Societies
Open Studio, Herts, every year
Munro, Jan : ‘ Artists to Watch’, The Pastel Journal USA, Dec 2016, p.23
Munro, Jan : ‘Colour, Shape and Space’, The Artist magazine, Nov 2015, p.12