Janice Sylvia Brock
Janice owes her style to no one, though her work has been compared to Matisse and Les Fauves.
Her paintings hang in collections throughout the world, from Tokyo to Toronto, from the Netherlands to New Zealand, and from Britain’s Chatsworth House to America’s White House.
The secret behind the sense of movement in many of Brock's works lies in her remarkable memory. She can hold a scene in her mind in every detail for months at a time, marinating it in the other senses: the smells, the sounds, the mood.
When she starts painting she works fast, her mastery of her craft making the use of brushes and paint completely instinctive. She will approach a new canvas without the aid of sketches, photographs, or preliminary outlines. From the first touch of colour laid onto the virgin canvas her brush strokes are utterly confident, and this is evident in the result - works which resonate with life, sensuality and humour.
Brock is a driven woman, and despite a lifetime of poor health and physical pain (she was once given only 5 years to live) has a prodigious capacity for work, and yet still loves to party. Less than 5 ft tall, her frequent and uninhibited laughter lets you know she is in the room.