I recently came across the wonderful work of artist Janet Hill and I was immediately drawn into a world full of whimsy, color and luxuriously relaxing settings and adventures.
I have always loved this type of art…the kind that truly captures the magic that is found in the simplest of moments, instilling a sense of nostalgia and displaying timeless beauty and classic elegance.
After spending some time going through Janet’s blog (I may be a bit obsessed!) and falling in love with each piece, I contacted her and asked if I could share her work here with you. I was so happy when she agreed, and even took some time to answer a few questions so we could learn about her process. Without further ado, a little Q & A with Janet Hill.
YOUR CHARACTERS AND SETTINGS ARE SO MAGICAL AND WHIMSICAL. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PLACE OR RITUAL TO GET INSPIRED BEFORE STARTING TO PAINT?
JANET: Most of my ideas come to me when I least expect it. Often I will watch a movie or see something inspiring but the actual idea doesn’t surface for several days or even months. Then all of a sudden an idea comes to me almost complete. My husband jokingly calls me an ‘idiot savant’ as I am often unaware of the initial inspiration while it gestates in my subconscious.
IF YOU COULD USE ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE THE FEELING YOU WANT TO CONVEY WITH YOUR ART, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
BEING A DOG OWNER MYSELF, YOUR SERIES “MISS MOON WAS A DOG GOVERNESS” COMPLETELY CAPTURED MY HEART. I LOVE THAT EACH PAINTING COMES WITH AN IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST LESSONS YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DOG FINNEGAN AND YOUR CAT GIPSY?
JANET: I think the biggest lesson that I have learned from my pets is not to take things too seriously. They are completely ridiculous creatures and they bring a lot of humor into my daily life.
IS THERE A PARTICULAR PAINTING (OR SERIES) THAT YOU FEEL PARTICULARLY CONNECTED TO?
JANET: The one that I’m working on now. It is a short story told through paintings. It’s mysterious and magical and I can’t wait to release some of the pieces in the series.
Bright blooms, spaces full of charm and sparkle, delicious treats and high-class soirees are just some of the settings you will find amongst Hill’s oil paintings Please be sure to check out her Etsy Shop to see more of her work and join her on Facebook and Twitter as she shares regular updates.
Thank you so much Janet for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share a little peek into your creative process. I cannot wait to see the new series!
Friends, I hope you enjoyed today’s daydream and I wish you a warm and lovely week! XO
All images in this post are the work of Janet Hill.