Virginia artist Janet Brome grew up in San Diego. She majored in art in college and worked as a fashion illustrator before serving in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. She then earned a Master of Teaching degree and worked in arts education in suburban Maryland where she designed and directed a teacher training program in the arts. This program, Project Arts, became a national model for arts education.
In 1978 she became a mother and a potter. Her animal pots were sold in craft galleries throughout the country. In 1979 the family moved into an old schoolhouse in Limeton, Virginia where she and her husband made pots in the school kitchen. After ten years as a potter, Janet returned to the field of education as a Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher.
She has devoted full time to her artwork since the summer of 2000. She has studied at The Maryland College of Art and Design, The Corcoran College of Art, and The Art League in Virginia. She has been awarded several grants to continue her studies in art; one from The Front Royal Women's Resource Center in 2000, and one from The Marion Park Lewis Foundation for the Arts in 2005. Janet has taught art at Lord Fairfax Community College, the regional Governor's School for the Arts, and privately in local studios. She is a member of the Washington Sculptors Group, and is one of a group of Virginia artists known as The Six Pack.
Her work can often be seen at the R.H. Ballard Gallery in Washington, VA., and The Cottage Curator in Sperryville, VA. Her screen sculptures were shown for over 10 years by the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC,
For over fifteen years, most of my time was spent creating screen sculptures. I was intrigued by metal screen and what it does when manipulated. The shadows cast by these pieces played an increasingly important role the longer I worked in this medium. When making my screen sculptures, I simply tried to be open to what the material wanted to do.
I do continue to make art. The process of painting - unlike the process of putting together my screen sculptures - is contemplative. I savor those moments when my linear thinking stops and the painting and I become one. Currently I am playing with painted paper cut-and-paste compositions. I am also making a series of small wire sculptures of animals.
I am less concerned about exhibiting my work and am more interested in exploring various mediums. Whatever medium I choose to work with, it must present a challenge to me. Once I feel I have nothing new to say, I need to move on.
My goal is to engage the viewer and offer delight or wonder.