Janice Gray RSW
Her highly decorative, amusing and beautifully observed works combine birds, animals, fruit, handbags, high-heeled shoes and teacups with witty writing, commenting on various aspects and foibles of her real and imagined menagerie of animal characters and a collection of props.
"I tend to choose my subject (usually animal) for their decorative quality which can be explored through the medium of watercolour and collage. I don't normally know what the finished painting is going to look like, I don't plan or do any preliminary sketches, I suppose it is a bit hit or miss! I like to start with one object then add as necessary, sometimes there is a link but normally there isn't. The unlikely collections of objects in my work makes people think, making up their own links. I love to hear how differently my work is interpreted. My paintings are often described as 'quirky' which I like, as life is all too often a bit of a downer, so I enjoy creating daft paintings which can make people a wee bit cheerier!"