Janie Gildow is a graduate of the Ohio State University and recipient of the Martha Holden Jennings Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned Signature status in the Colored Pencil Society of America and has received national and international awards for her colored pencil work.
As a professional artist, her work has been published in more than ten books, including The Best of Colored Pencil.
She is the author of Colored Pencil Explorations and co-author of the Colored Pencil Solution Book, both by North Light.
As an instructor, Janie has taught art to students in the public schools and colored pencil workshops for adults in cities throughout the United States, and also offers online lessons from her website to a student base worldwide. She has been an instructor at the Desert Museum Art Institute since 2003.
The colored pencil is perfect for Janie's detail-oriented realism and she often combines other mediums with it in order to boost its color and effects. She believes good art is a result of thorough planning, creative expression, strong composition, and a competent handling of the medium—and she enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with her students. Her classes are conducted in an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere with a combination of lecture, PowerPoint, examples, demos and handouts.