Available paintings by Jan Munro. Please click on the thumbnails for more images and full information.
"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.
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."
The Annie Longley Award: The Pastel Society 2016
The Frank Herring & Sons Award: The Pastel Society 2016
Best In Show: St Albans Art Society 2016
The Artist Magazine Award: The Pastel Society exhibition 2015
The Unison Award: The Pastel Society Exhibition 2015
The Wicked Watercolour Award: The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.
Best in Show: Berkhamsted Art Society 2015
Best in show: St Albans Art Society 2006/2007
Woburn Art Gallery, Woburn
St Albans Art Society Exhibition.
Trent Art Gallery 19 Newcastle under Lyme
St Albans Art Society:
Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted
Berkhamsted Art Society
Chiltern Ms Centre
The Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries
Harpenden Arts Club
Yvonne Arnaud Exhibition :Guildford
Mentmore Village Art Exhibition
Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted Chiltern Open Air Museum
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
Parallax: Chelsea Town Hall
The Society of Women Artists
Munro, Jan: “Artists to Watch”, The Pastel Journal, US, Dec 2016, p.23
Munro, Jan: “Colour, Shape and Space”, The Artist Magazine, Nov 2015, p.12
Paintings held in many Private collections.
The Pastel Society
Herts Visual Arts Forum
Harpenden Art Society
Berkhamsted Art Society
Committee member of St Albans Art Society.