Janet McGugan


Janet is one of the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery’s most stalwart members, having been involved in various capacities since 2009.  Janet frequently paints in the gallery on Tuesday mornings and enjoys greeting customers when she is there.  Janet is a visual artist, applying vivid colors loosely in an impressionist technique.  She sees masses of color and shapes and translates them into compositions.  The results are joyful and uplifting.  


Janet is also a creative writer.  She attended Rollins College in Winterpark, Florida and completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing.  She has written many essays, poems, and two books.  When she had written two children’s books and could not find illustrators for them, she decided to illustrate them herself!  Janet found art enjoyable and persisted in her studies, launching her painting career.  She especially liked oils painted on canvas and chose bolder colors from the start.  She attended Mountain Phoenix School of Art in Flat Rock, North Carolina for three years to continue her studies and has attended workshops with Dee Baird Deane, Ken Wallin and Michael Storey. 


Janet likes to paint landscapes, ocean and marshscapes, still life pictures and some portraiture.  Two of her major awards were from the Pick of the Gallery, Narnia Studio in Henderson, North Carolina, and first place at the Landings Art Association in Savannah, Georgia.


As a child, Janet spent time on the east coast of south Florida and then moved to Richmond, Virginia.  She lived in Savannah, Georgia most of her adult life where her husband practiced dermatology, and then she moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina.  Janet and her husband have four children, ten grandchildren, ad one great-grandchild.  When the gallery held the “Progeny Show,” which consisted of works by artists’ children and grandchildren, several of Janet’s grandchildren entered art in honor of their grandmother.  Her talent has been passed on down the line.