Janet in frame for top art prize

DONCASTER painter Janet Buckle has been shortlisted for a top art award – after she was forced to change her subject matter.

Janet made her name by painting colliery scenes which have appeared at exhibitions across the country, and at the National Mining Museum, near Wakefield. She also has work on show at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on Chequer Road.

But now, after running out of mining scenes to turn her brush too, she has been told she is in the running for a 15,000 national prize.

Her work which has been shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize is an oil painting called Snowy Landscape and shows a wintry scene in the Peak District countryside near Hope.

This year’s award attracted around 800 entries, with 60 selected for an exhibition held at Painters’ Hall in central London, from which the winner will be decided.

Delighted Janet, from The Paddock, Tickhill, said: “I’ve been painting for a long time and I’ve been in a lot of exhibitions over the last 10 years. A lot of those have been coal mining exhibitions.

“But it is difficult now to get onto the pits both because of health and safety, and because there are so few left now. I seem to have had to give that up now. I may start again if Hatfield opens up against because I miss doing mining scenes.”

Janet’s entry is one of those shortlisted in what is the third year of the prize, which organisers say is to encourage creative representational painting and promote the skill of draughtsmanship.

Janet paint in oils on canvas or wood and is interested in shapes, colours and patterns.

She likes simple, dramatic shapes, strong harmonious colours and interesting patterns.

Janet was born in Bradford and studied at the Slade School of Art from 1965 to 1969.