During the course of many summers, sometimes just after dawn when people are still tucked in their beds, Janice Orchard sets her easel in the sand, or on the rocks and occasionally on a cliff top, and sets to work recording the ever changing scenery before her. Wind can blow sand in her eyes, or flies can launch themselves into the wet paint, the tide comes and goes and clouds sashay across the sky, but this all adds to the enjoyment of the day and the character of the painting produced "en plein air", or on location along the Bass Coast, a place that is never short of surprises.
Often on these excursions people will stop in their stroll along the beach and chat to Janice as she paints. Young children are excited when offered a paint brush and encouraged to leave their own mark on the painting of the day. Invariable the question is asked about where visitors and locals can see more of the artists work. Her work is available in private galleries or through the artist herself. Commissions are accepted.
A veteran of the art show circuit since the age of sixteen, Janice has also taken part in 24 group shows as well as 6 successful solo exhibitions in her own region as well as in the city of Melbourne and she has received many awards and commendations for her work.
Janice Orchard tutors classes in painting and drawing through the Adult Education system as well as private classes currently being held at The Walkabout at Bass.
In 2004 an acquisition of a Janice Orchard painting by RACV Victoria was presented to the Minister for Tourism and Special Events, the Hon. John Pandazopoulos.
A prolific painter, Janice Orchard is represented in corporate and private collections in Japan, America, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa and Australia.