Born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Janet Smith's interest in art began at a young age. Her father was a writer and her mother a dancer. She assumed she'd grow up to be one or the other, but in college she fell in love with painting and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Upon graduation, she looked for a way to make a living with her art skills. ``I realized with glass I could do fine art and design in the same medium,'' she said. ``I liked having the range and I thought I could make it into a business and work for myself, not work somewhere else and do art on the side.'' Smith often vacations on the Outer Banks. ``It's my favorite place to go to the beach,'' she said. Color is what makes her glass expressive, Smith said. For her, light has all sorts of incredible energy. ``I'm fascinated by the way it plays upon things,'' she said.
``The designer in me is fascinated by quality of light.'' Smith starts out with a loose idea of what she wants to achieve. Working spontaneously, she is apt to change focus throughout the process. ``I work in a painterly fashion, adding and taking away.'' I hope you enjoy your stained glass mirror for years to come.
and Printmaking, 1979 VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY Richmond,
Sole proprietor of her stained glass studio since 1979, in which she utilizes the
copper foil method of stained glass to fabricate panels, screens and
mirrors for homes, businesses, and exhibitions.
in Munich, Germany, 1956. Grew up in Washington DC.
artist workshop, Longwood College, 1986
Country Recreation and Parks, 1983 - 1984
Country Recreation and Parks, 1981 - 1982
artist workshop, Lynchburg College, 1980
Richmond Craftsman's Guild - Board Member, Director of Exhibitions,
Vice President 1986 - 1989
Crafts of Virginia, Ltd. Cooperative Gallery - Chair, Marketing
Committe, Member, Standars Committee 1992 - 1993
Award Finalist 1996
River" Richmond, Virginia 1987
Glass Collection" juried by Lloyd Herman, Rockville Maryland
in Stained Glass" Richmond Craft Fair, 1982