Sydney based artist Janet Luxton worked as a draftsman and graphic designer in Auckland during the 1970’s. In 1981 she joined a major yacht construction project and sailed to San Francisco in 1984. It was here that she studied painting at the San Fransisco Art Institute with photorealist artist Richard McLean before a period at the Jerusalem Print Workshop in Israel studying etching and other printmaking techniques with Arik Kilemnick. Between 1989 and 2011 Janet designed, built and operated two small wineries in NSW and South Australia with attached galleries for her paintings, drawing and etchings. Janet’s works are striking but at the same time sensitive. They immediately draw you in highlighting the intricate beauty and the unique characters of the animals and birds she portrays. Her work has always demonstrated her fundamental conviction that the natural world should be given far greater respect than it has by our own species. Janet has been a finalist in the Dobell Prize for Drawing, The Pacific Rim Print Exhibition and the Outback Art Prize. She has also won the Gold Award at the National Packaging Council of Australia and a stamp commission from New Zealand post for a set of six stamps.