This bold oil painting depicts a landscape from Arduaine (meaning fertile land), a village and tiny hamlet in Argyll and Brute. Arduaine boasts a variety of sealife and is well known for its gardens, suspected to be the inspiration for this piece. We see a bright, trodden path, leading into the foliage, and the sun's rays peeking out from the background. Janet's use of light and shadow, especially around the large, dark silhouette of the tree, gives this work texture and movement. The compostion of differing colours bring this landscape to life, reminding one of a long walk in the height of spring.
Janet depicts the changing colours of plants in gardens. She is interested in the extremes of light and shade, creating a variety of textures with the casting of shadow. She works from photographs, allowing her time to consider the various elements of her compositions.
Born 1942, Janet Bone studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1959-64. She exhibited braids at RSA as member of the Weavers Guild and received scholarships to Madrid and Italy. She was employed as Technical Illustrator with Ferranti in 1966.