Artist Biography, Janice Earley

Brought up on the south west coast of Cumbria. I was always outdoors, exploring the coastline or the countryside. The experience of enjoying the natural beauty of the Lake District seems to have stayed with me. I felt really privileged to live so near the coast yet on the edge of the Lake District – Coniston and Wastwater were on my doorstep.

Having studied Fine Art at Durham I went on to teach art and design for several years. I later took the opportunity to concentrate fully on my own work. My husband and I have been fortunate to bring up our family in some beautiful places – over the years we have lived in North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Guernsey and the northern Lake District, as well as experiencing life abroad in both Germany and France.

Janice EarleyWe have now settled in the Eden Valley, Cumbria. I am still very drawn to the coast and to natural places which greatly influence my work. Our house looks out on the wild northern Pennines and the scene is constantly of interest with ever changing light and weather conditions.

Although I love living in the Eden Valley, with the Lake District on our doorstep, I still have a great fondness for North Yorkshire. Be it the Moors, Dales or coastal villages like Staithes, I am fascinated by the light, weather and the seasons and how they affect colour, shape and pattern. My principal interest is in print making, with lino my preferred medium. I work mainly in oil-based inks using specialist paper to produce original limited edition prints.

My purpose built studio houses an Albion Press (produced in 1846) – a pleasure to use and to look at – I feel that it is just wonderful to have this space to work in.

Janice Earley