Janet Matthews Wildlife Artist


Janet Matthews





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Janet's individual style of combining coloured pencil and graphite has been described as "weaving magic with pencil". Her realistic, detailed and gentle drawings of animals and birds full of personality and humour, have won many awards. Janet exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas.
Her realistic, detailed and gentle drawings are always of a high standard and reflect her own personality, humour, life experiences and love of our wildlife. Janet's love of drawing and her rapport with 'critters' is evident in her portrayal of animals and birds, either in their natural environment or co-habitating in suburbia. Drawing them in family groups, in pairs of 'friends' or in action or play, she captures their personality or "conversation" beautifully.  
Janet's pencil works, full of personality, humour, beautiful detail have won many awards and gained her some wonderful accolades.  
Her drawing of a Sturt Desert Pea was selected for the top 40 works representing Australia in the World Wide Botanical exhibition.  
Her drawing of an echidna swimming won a Juried Award in the "Focus on Nature" Exhibition in the New York State Museum.  
Her artwork is held in high regard and continues to forge new ideas and win acclaim.


1982 - Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Monash University
1980 - Diploma of Visual Arts, Monash University

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Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia;
Fellow of Australian Guild of Realist Artists;
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
Queensland Wildlife Art Society
Botanical Art Society of Australia
Australian Society of Miniature Art - Victoria, NSW and Tasmania branches;
Friends of Botanical Gardens, Melbourne


Janet's work has been purchased for the:
- New York State Museum USA
- Australia Post
- City of Monash Collection,

- Gold Coast City Art Gallery,
- Monterey Secondary College,
- Council of Xuz Hou in Japan,
- Bill and Maureen Mann's Wildlife Art Collection, Horsham Regional Gallery
- Private collections in Australia, UK, Japan, USA and China and more.

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Janet's career has included highlights such as:
- Judging Art Shows
- Workshops
- Artists in Schools program
- Demonstrating

Janet has held numerous honorary positions, including:

- President of Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
- Vice President of Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
- Exhibition Director of Wildlife Art Society of Australasia

- Councillor of Australian Guild of Realist Artists
- Vice President Berwick Artists Society

- President of Waverley Arts Society
- Councillor of Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors
- Councillor and Secretary of Berwick District Arts Council
- Secretary Pastel Society of Victoria
- Arts and Cultural Reference Group, City of Casey.

Accolades including-
- Stamps for Australia Post, for 2020 release
- 2018 Flora of Australia Book - featuring top Botanical artists
- 2017 Finalist in Holmes Art Prize
- Artwork selected to commemorate 50th celebration of Entomologists Australia
- Featured in Inspirations Wild, published by the Wildife Art Museum of Australia
- 2018 Article in BirdKeepers magazine

- 2009 Stamps for Australia Post, Decorative Gutter for Micro Monsters series
- 2006 Stamps for Australia Post, Australian Antarctic Territories Series
- 2003 Created drawings for Star/Constellations of Boorong Aboriginal people

- 1999 Article in "Artists Palette" magazine
- 1988-2005, 2010 and 2013 Articles in "Australian Artist" magazine.
- Included in "50 Australian Artists, Vol 1."
- Cover illustrations for two books published by Moondrake Australia.

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Janet has had many solo exhibitions since graduating from university in 1982,
She chooses to share her exhibitions with selected fellow artists rather than have a solo exhibition.
Janet and Darren Gilbert have been exhibiting together for many years, with their first exhibition at Gallery 32 in Yea, Victoria followed by annual exhibitions with Town and Country Gallery, Yarragon, Victoria.

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2019/2010/2012/2014 - Focus on Nature exhibition, New York State Museum
2012 - World Federation of Miniatures, Russia.
2009 - Its a small world exhibition, Elder Street Gallery, Houston Texas USA
2008 - World Federation of Miniatures, Burnie, Tasmania
2003 - World Federation of Miniaturists,Smithsonian Institute, Washington,

2003-2004 QWASI exhibition "Australians in England" in UK
1999 - Selected works, Faber Castell German Art exhibition, Germany.
1991 - Work included in Touring Exhibition in China

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Janet exhibits extensively throughout Australia, in many different galleries and exhibitions, just a few include

2012 - Wild4Art exhibition Town and Country Gallery, Yarragon.
2010 - Wild4Art exhibition Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings Melbourne
2009 - Wildspace exhibition Federation Square Melbourne
2009 - Wild4Art exhibition Town and Country Gallery, Yarragon
2006 - Australian Fine Art Roadshow, Shepparton & Camperdown, Vic.
2005, 2006 and 2008- Kevin Hill's Top Ten Australian Artists, Fountain Gate, Vic.

Janet exhibits regularly throughout Australia with various Art groups, including the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, the Wildlife and Botanical artists- Canberra, the Queensland Wildlife Art Society and the Grampians Wildlife Art Society.

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Janet has won and continues to win many awards with her work. A select few include:

2018- World Wide Botanical Exhibiton, represented Australia as part of 40 top artists
2018- Best Bird Art-International Nature in Art Exhibition
2017- Wildlife Artist of the Year, Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
2014- Juried Award, Focus On Nature, New York State Museum
2014 - Gold Award- Portraits, Australian Society of Miniature Art, Tasmania
2014 - Silver Award- Wildlife, Australian Society of Miniature Art, Tasmania
2013/14 - First Prize- Miniatures, Mornington Rotary Exhibition
2010 - 13 Selected Finalist Mortimore Prize, Highly commended 2011
2012 - Selected Finalist, Alice Bale Award Exhibition
2012 - First Prize Drawing, Chelsea Art Show, Victoria
2012 - Overall Winner, Wildlife and Botanical Artists International Award Exhibition
2012 - First Prize -Animals and Birds, ASMA Tasmania
2011 - First Prize Drawing, Kingston Charitable Trust Art Show.
2011 - "Petite Boutique" Award, Mornington Peninsular Art Show.
2011 - Frederick McCubbin Award, Sherbrooke Art Society.
2010 - Presidents' Award, Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
2010 - Bronze Award, Wild Awards, Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
2009 - First Prize Drawing Chelsea Art Show
2009 - First Prize Drawing Flinders Art Show
2006 - Australia at Large Winner, Australian Guild of Realist Artists

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Art Classes - Janet conducts daytime and evening classes at her studio in Narre Warren North, teaching all subjects in drawing, coloured pencil, pastel, pen and wash and watercolour pencil classes for adults. She has two childrens classes on a Monday as well.

Workshops - Masterclass workshops held throughout the year, often on a Saturday. There is an individual "theme" for each day. Workshops are a great way to learn a specific technique or subject. They suit people of all skill levels.
Interstate workshops- Janet does several workshops throughout Australia for different Art Groups and Organisations.  Those interested in organising a workshop with Janet are welcome to contact her.

Demonstrations - Janet is available to demonstrate her wildlife drawing style to art groups, school classes and any other interested groups. She also has experience running workshops in drawing, coloured pencil, pastel, portraiture and watercolour pencil.

Commissions - Janet has completed many commissions for clients in the past and continues to do so. Clients can order a drawing of their favourite pet, a family portrait or a special wildlife drawing of their choice.

Janet uses Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils and Series 9000 graphite pencils.

Contact Janet via email for more information.
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updated September 2019

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