“I have to create, and I have to paint. Painting is my life.”
Meeting Janet Timmerije
A two-hour train ride takes me to Eibergen, the Netherlands, where I am about to meet expressionist Dutch artist, Janet Timmerije. My second visit to this productive artist who gives workshops, does art history projects for kids, and who paints pottery. But painting, preferably on extra large canvasses, is her life. That, and being a mom to her four children (and let’s not forget her two dogs).
Janet’s domain is a beautiful studio with vaulted ceilings, tall windows, and equally impressive paintings. The size alone takes my breath away! Characteristic city skylines, farm life, birds, and flowers. With expressive, impastoed black lines, bright colours, her paintings invite a smile. Could there be something like “comfort paintings”? If there is, it would be Janet’s work.
From speech therapist to established artist
She did not start out a professional artist. Although her interests have always laid with Arts and Fashion, she simply was not ready as a young woman. Her choice back then was to become a Speech Therapist. Only slowly, over the years, she returned to her first love: painting. She painted what she liked, people loved what she did, and showed an interest in purchasing her works. More and more, she developed her own, very recognizable style. Before long, a local gallery granted Janet her first exhibition and she sold out! More galleries followed and the rest is history. She has been in her studio daily for the past 18 years, and is an established artist with her work featured in galleries and exhibitions all over the world.
Stepping out of her comfort zone
Janet loves to hear from her audience. She is willing to accommodate certain preferences and loves working on commission. Whether a certain subject, medium or shape, she does not shy away from stepping out of her comfort zone. Although always staying true to her own style. Currently, she is experimenting with circularly shaped artwork, adding copper lining and epoxy resin. With stunning results!
Inspiration for Janet comes from her natural surroundings. She sees art in everyday life and happenings. A flock of birds flying from their sheltering shrubs or certain colour combinations. New artworks emerge in her mind while she is doing other things. She takes the inspiration home to her studio where it comes to life on the canvas.
A new work often starts with a single colour, like yellow, for a rough start of an idea. But it can easily change into something completely different. Free, intuitive, and each work unique. Janet works on multiple paintings at a time, with big brushes and lots of movement. From one work to the other and back again, her creative process is not structured. She is a free spirit and enjoys the freedom that painting provides. “My drive is to create, I need to paint.”
Interacting with her audience
Janet hand-picks her galleries and, if at all possible, prefers to bring her art in person to the galleries or her customers. Specifically when it is a special work. She likes that connection. She draws new inspiration from those interactions with her audience and it counteracts the solitary hours in her studio.
As a full-time artist, she is naturally also represented by a few commercial galleries. Although less personally connected with these locations and their customers, they do provide her with a base income. Selective in where her artworks go, however, she sends the pieces where she is more connected to, or that have a special place in her heart, to the boutique galleries. “I like to know where my special pieces end up.”
Interested in having Janet’s art on your wall?
Interested in Janet’s work on your wall? You can browse her artwork in our Gallery.
Or contact us if you would like to get a commissioned artwork from her.