Janet Rayner


I am a self-taught artist. I have learned by reading books, observing the world, having a family and dreaming my wild dreams. I have learned from other artists as well as from people who say that they “can’t draw a straight line.” I have learned by trial and error (and trial and success) working with mediums such as oil paint, pencil, pastel, glass and porcelain. I have labored many years to hone my techniques. The joy I experience when a piece comes together is extraordinary, making all the work that has led up to it worth the effort!

A long time oil painter, in 2003 I started working with pastels, enjoying their classic sensuous blends and adding the fine detail that is a benchmark of my work in oils.

I am a member of the Willits Cultural Arts Commission and I’m a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) president and instructor. I care about people and my community.

I teach private art lessons; group classes and I have taught art in the local schools. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of teaching someone to draw what he or she sees. It’s rewarding for me to see my students observing the world differently through trained eyes, and then using that new perception to express themselves through art!

My ongoing teaching goals include developing art templates, visual aids and written instructions that I can use in my classes and other teachers can use to teach drawing to their students or that students can use to teach themselves.

Willits Center For The Arts Winter Gallery hours are: Wednesday - Sunday 11-5pm