About Me

Born in Suffolk, England 1949

Art college for Foundation Studies in Ipswich prepared me for a Diploma of Art & Design in Ceramics at West of England College of Art, Bristol, graduating in 1971. 
In 1993 I emigrated to The Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA where I continue to teach art in various institutions. I teach drawing, painting, vitreous enamel and handbills ceramics at Beverley Street Studio School since 2001  and have served on various committes there, currently a member of the Gallery Committee. This role as teacher has made me a better student, learning from so many different sources about the significant and importance of the Arts in this increasingly de-personalized world. 

In October 2014, I returned to my East Anglian home in England, but specifically to Norwich to study for a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts. My focus has been on painting, which so pointedly relates to my method of working with vitreous enamel  to create enamel paintings.

Since 2012 I have been the exhibition coordinator at Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room in Staunton whereby I invite artists and manage the space on behalf of the owners and those artists for 6 exhibitions each year to further enrich the local community.

I have  also been judge at several regional art exhibitions. and  exhibit my work both nationally and internationally in both painting and enamel work.

In 2018 I attended  a residency at Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts,


 As a painter using oils, acrylics and vitreous enamel on metal I try to create a sense of DOWN and THROUGH.  This relates to my interest in maps as I decode space and shape from the symbolic use of lines, shapes and color. I work to create a sense of ambiguity and intrigue as I move from the concrete to the abstract, allowing  intuition and experience to inform the work. The fundamental core of my practice is the process of layering -- paint over paint, or coat upon coat of vitreous enamel -- prompting opacity to interact with transparent surfaces. This process lasts until the work   takes on a life of its own.  

I have come to an understanding that a sense of uncertainty can provide a way to investigate and find form for those things for which we have no language.

          Janly Jaggard Summer 2019