Janice Ferguson (Watling) born in 1955 in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne. Growing up in a largely industrial area of Newcastle her early inspiration came from pictures in books and perhaps more significantly, from the yearly trips she made with her family to Eyemouth, where she began to share in her father’s passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and the natural environment.
At thirteen, Jan attended Kings College Art School at Newcastle University, where she was invited to attend classes to refine and develop her skills.
In 1985 Jan moved to Argyll and in 2018 to the Scottish borders. Moving to these rural areas was a dream come true and provided a never-ending source of inspiration. A lifetime of dedicated study of all types of animals is evident in her superbly detailed watercolour and gouache paintings. Supreme control of the media allows Jan to express the vast range of colour and texture in her chosen subjects, whilst at the same time, capturing their personality, beauty and character.
Jan undertakes commissions of both pets and wildlife.
Highlights to date include:
Exhibiting at the annual The National Exhibition of Wildlife Artists (NEWA) and subsequently being selected as a finalist in the British Wildlife Awards 2014.
Supporting the development of art enthusiasts through voluntary participation with local art groups, schools and community groups.
Jan was honoured to join the GSWA in September 2014.
In 2017 Jan became an Artist Member of the Paisley Art Institute