Janice Moorhead


Janice Moorhead

Originally from Montreal, Janice Moorhead spent several years in Ottawa before relocating to a lovely community in the Gatineau Hills close to Wakefield. She has spent the last 30+ years in Rupert, raising two children and creating her art.

In 1979 she received an Honors degree in visual arts from the University of Ottawa. While her studies were mostly in the realm of painting and print making, it was quite soon after graduation that she discovered glass. Because of its luminosity and perfect surface quality, it soon replaced paint as her medium of choice. However, with the onset of the pandemic, she began to focus exclusively on painting. In 2020 she began a series of emotionally evocative portraits that reveal our unique and fleeting nature as we try to navigate the particularly difficult time in history that we now currently face.

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Recently she began adding text as a means to explore irony and to add another layer of meaning to the work. She likes to employ brilliant, highly contrasting colors in order to enhance a harsh reality or intense emotion. Sponges, drywall tools, and textures such as lace are often used to apply the paint. Sometimes she includes small areas of printer ink

Currently she is known across Canada for her glass, having created a body of work that employs a rather unique ‘painterly’ approach to stained glass – a layering technique that eliminates the need for the traditional soldered joints. Glass dominates the field of vision, creating both intricate landscapes and whimsical vistas that interact with the play of light – always in a state of flux, depending on the season or the time of day.

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