A native of Rockcastle County, KY, Janice Harding Owens comes from a family of creative quilters and painters. In the l980’s she was painting the wood crafts that her husband Ron made and eventually began to paint on boards. In 1991, Folk Art collector John Irvin saw Janice’s work and arranged for her to have her first exhibition. She has since had painting exhibitions all across the country.
With children in her household, Janice chose to work with water based acrylic paints to avoid the smell of oil paints and take advantage of a fast drying process. Often Janice bypasses sketching the image of the painting first and goes right to the paint.
Her favorite subject is landscapes. While commissioned paintings require Janice to follow an actual image, her own landscapes might have a horse painted next to a building she saw in a magazine. Janice looks at photographs and other images as a reference point, and then juxtaposes them in her own unique way.
Janice’s work can also be found at the Hackley Gallery of Folk Art, Berea, KY; and at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead, KY.