Saturday, October 01, 2016


painting shown is mid panel of triptych (click for full view)

It's going to be a special evening, as you can see by the invitation. So soon upon returning to Canada after a remarkable year of living in France and Italy, Esprit is the title of my new solo show, right here in this remarkable spot in the sea, Saturna Island! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

2016 Studio Tour

Save the dates: on July 30 and 31, artists will invite you to visit their studios, and will also show their work at the Saturna Café and the Saturna Lodge, on sunny Saturna Island, BC.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

I have created a new website.....same domain ( new format and images. Anne Popperwell turned me onto this template at and I've used some of my "down time" while I recover from shoulder surgery to update my website.  Anne has also created a new site using this template which shows her most recent work.  My show at Saturna cafe has been extended through March 17 and after that Tony Green is putting up a show of his travel sketches and watercolours which will open March 19.  Watch for posters from Jean-Francois!  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saturna Artist Abroad by Janet Strayer

This year (2016) I have the pleasure of living and painting in Europe for some months while also writing a column, called Artist En Route, for the Canadian Arts Avenue magazine.

I've expanded these columns dealing with Anticipation/Preparation, London, Provence, and Sicily (so far) with more info and many more photos on my blogsite:
You can visit it, if you like, for travel tips and other matters.

Provençal Suite 1: Abundance
Provençal Suite 2,

My first several months savored Provence, one of the most beautiful regions of France. With Cézanne as my nearest and constant neighbor, I was living inside a painting. The abundance of simple daily experiences inspired a series of  still life paintings (Provençal Suite) and some large landscapes (Autumn, below.
Onward to intense Sicily, where exhilaration and overpowering contrasts led me to seek inner refuge and to create a set of unexpected ink wash paintings/drawings.

(if interested, see more of this series and other monochromatic works done in Sicily at

 Then to Umbria, Italy, where I continue to live, travel, paint, and write.

Those Beautiful Ruined Cities,

Life continues to hold many adventures, sought and unsought.

Happy Valentine's Day,