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Janet Nelson was born in Glasgow in 1956. She is a self-taught artist who studied for three years through the Open College of the Arts at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh and has been painting for over 25 years. Working on a part time basis initially, she took up painting full time in 2008 and is now based at her studio in East Neuk of Fife on the East coast Scotland, where work can be combined with her other great love of sailing.
The paintings, you will see, are as much about the paint as the picture - the paint is laid on thickly so that it catches the light and adds extra depth. This style of painting helps to capture the tremendous movement, thrills and glorious colours of sailing, both in a scenic and racing sense. Acrylic is the medium of choice, but watercolour and oil are also used depending on the subject matter.