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 and scenery in very fine detail. Her feathers are then mounted on deerskin and smaller accent 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.
As an artist, I’ve alway been inspired by the images of the west, mostly of mountains and rivers, horses running free and the call of the ancient Anasazi Cliff Dwellers. Today the images that spark my imagination come from my travels in the Western states, especially Colorado and Arizona, the places I currently call home. The majestic mountains, rivers and forests of Wyoming and Montana are also sources of great motivation.
My art is created using feathers as my “canvas”. Feather painting started out as a whim nearly thirty years ago but it wasn’t long before it began consuming my life. Using acrylics and now sometimes oils, very fine brushes and a “feather” touch, I’ve developed, through trial and error, techniques for preserving and painting on wild turkey and also Macaw feathers. For me, my art is my solace, my getaway. Feathers are so intricate and diverse. No two are ever exactly alike. Over the years I’ve also collected gemstones, crystals and various artifacts. I like to incorporate them in my work whenever possible.
My subjects are mostly animals. I’ve always felt a very close bond with animals my entire life. I also love the beauty of the desert and canyons of the Southwest and I think my work reflects that love. The eyes of my subjects are very important to me. I believe the eyes can tell a story. The eyes bring the animal to life. The eyes are the soul of my work.