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 have  taught drawing and painting at Beverley Street Studio School since 2001 where i also  also established an enameling program 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, the other medium I use 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.


           Regardless of medium my practice is concerned with materiality and the process by which I arrive at resolve.  I endeavor for my work to indicate me the artist in dialogue with creative process as I make paintings that breathe independently. That is the driving force that keeps me in my studio.

            As to image I work to create a sense of intrigue through simultaneously hiding and revealing layers of history. Composition is often initiated by a closer examination of small sections of previous work - zooming in and looking ever more closely at detail of surface through abstraction.

            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 Fall 2017