Kelli Janson

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When I began my art career as a graphic designer in 1993, I was interested in communicating my designs in a fun & playful way, uplifting the viewer. When I began painting in 1999 and slowly moved away from my graphic design practice, I approached the canvas with the same focus as my designs; to create pleasing pieces through strong colour, high contrast & the use of highlighting in black line. I paint solely in acrylics, usually underpainting my canvases in orange, so that the bold colour illuminates my subjects and peeks out through my finished piece’s brush strokes. When creating my 2″x4″ drawings, I enjoy watching as the subject takes shape from my fast, chaotic pencil scratches and black outlines. I’m inspired by nature, both land and sky. My goal is to let colour and form become the main focus of my pieces and to let the subject be merely the starting point.


Kelli (Randall) Janson grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Graphic Design in 1993. After working as a graphic designer for a number of years in Halifax, she moved with her family to Digby, Nova Scotia in 1999. Kelli now works as a visual artist full-time from her home studio, focusing primarily on acrylic paintings and pencil drawings. She is a member of the Annapolis Royal Community Arts Council (ARCAC) and past regional representative and board member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia. Her paintings and drawings can be found in private collections throughout North America.


2016 – RESIDENT – Sissiboo Coffee Roaster Coffee Bar + Gallery, Bear River, NS
2015 – LIGHT & LAND – The Dart Gallery, Dartmouth, NS
2014 – SPRUNG – The Dart Gallery, Dartmouth, NS
2011 – NEW WORKS – Westside Studio & Gallery, Annapolis Royal, NS
2010 – FEATURE ARTIST – Scallop Palette Gallery, Digby, NS
2009 – FRESH – Mym Gallery, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS


2016 – LILLIPUTIAN – Bear River Artworks Gallery, Bear River, NS
​​2015 – CASSIOPEIA (Consellation) – Arts Letters & Numbers, Averill Park, New York
2014 – IMITATION – ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS
2014 – BLACK DOG – ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS
2013 – GROUNDWORKS EARTH ART- French Basin Trail, Annapolis Royal, NS
2013 – INSPIRED BY MAGNOLIAS – Chapel Gallery, ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS
2012 – SCALLOP PALETTE GALLERY: Members Show – DGH, Digby, NS
2011 – IMPRESSIONS: VANS Members Show – Galerie Père Léger, Université Sainte-Anne, NS
2010 – IDENTITY: (VANS) Members Show – ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal, NS

October 2015 – ARTS LETTERS & NUMBERS / Averill Park, New York

The Chronicle Herald: May 15, 2014 – Elissa Barnard /  “VISUAL VIEWPOINTS: Janson’s lively graphic style enlivens vivid work of Sprung”

The Dart Gallery – 127A Portland Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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