Creativity, depth, and feeling are the heart and soul of my work. It’s so much more
then just a painting on a feather. ~ Janet LeRoy
Janet LeRoy was born in Denver, Colorado and always loved the great outdoors and all kinds of animals. She also loved to draw and experimented with several different art forms from leather carving to flower arranging before discovering feather painting. She started out by painting simple designs on plain white turkey feathers but soon she discovered wild turkey, macaw and peafowl feathers that made her “canvas” more interesting. Using acrylics and the finest brushes she could find, Janet began to paint her animals with very fine detail, paying special attention to the eyes, which in her opinion, give the animal its spirit. Her feathers are then mounted on deerskin and smaller feathers from various birds such as pheasant, guinea, emu, rooster, and parrot are attached to the arrangement.
On her larger, framed works of art, Janet also adds gemstones and crystals with special meanings, such as love and power. The matting on these pieces is hand carved to match the shape of the feather and arrangement. For this, she enlisted the help of her husband, Steve, using a mat cutter that he invented himself. A custom frame completes the work.
8”x10” prints and note cards of select pieces her feather art are also available and may be viewed on her “prints” page.
In the past few years, Janet has been expanding her artwork to include original paintings on canvas and board in oil, acrylic and mixed media. These pieces may be viewed in the Original Paintings page. These are all one-of-a-kind works of art and vary from smaller framed pieces to large gallery wrapped originals.
Janet and Steve have been traveling the west, selling their work at art shows and festivals since 1992, winning numerous awards along the way. Janet and Steve now live in Hotchkiss, Colorado in the summer and Wickenburg, Arizona in the winter along with their horses and dogs.