Janet Matthews, Wildlife Artist of the Year 2017

Everyone at Fay Boyd’s Fine Art School would like to extend to Janet our congratulations on this well-deserved accolade.

The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia has awarded Janet Matthews the prestigious Wildlife Artist of the Year Award for 2017.

This is Janet’s third time winning this award, and that speaks volumes about the dedication to and quality of her work.

Janet will be tutoring a botanical art workshop for us in 2018, more information.





Janet is a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She has a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, Monash University.

“It is such an honour to receive this award. This is my third time to have won Wildlife Artist of the Year, and each time it is a surprise and an honour to do so.  There are so many aspects to achieve to earn this award.  Firstly I needed to consistently enter the exhibitions throughout the year.  This is always demanding to have the ‘right’ artworks available for each exhibition, especially if they have a theme or common subject. 

Secondly, I needed to have artworks that were of an incredibly high standard, that would hopefully win the awards at each exhibition. It is challenging to compete with all mediums as some are very ‘strong’ styles.  My work is in colour pencil and graphite and even though they are often powerful images, they have a gentleness and subtlety that isn’t often on the judges list of criteria.

Finally, being an individual with my work is so important. People can identify the drawings as mine, from both my techniques, style and subject matter.

I like to have some quirky aspect to the work, whether it be the antics of the subjects, their expressions, their interaction in a very human way like how we chat to each other or it may be a different view of the subject – like my over and under water images.

It is such a thrill to receive this award and all the respect it shows for me and my work.”



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