Day 1 #justacard

10 facts about me…

  1. My name is Janet Davis. Not Janice, Janis, nor Janette. It is the name that I was born with, and I quite like it. Thanks mom & dad! I really don’t like it when people get my name wrong. I’m a bit of a big baby about it, actually.
  2. I was born at Brookfield Hospital, which is about a 10 minute walk from my house, studio, and café. Although I have lived elsewhere for schooling and such, I really have not strayed far from my ancestral home of Pinchard’s Island, just a wee boat ride away.
  3. I don’t have a favourite colour. I love them all.
  4. I can play a few chords on the guitar and ukulele, but I do not have the guts to try performing. I keep those skills for alone time!
  5. My highest level of education is from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in the form of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (interdisciplinary), but I feel that I learned far more in the Textile Studies program which now runs out of the Anna Templeton Centre in St. John’s. Perhaps that was because I was a newbie to the world of art, but many of the skills I use on a day to day basis are ones that I learned there.
  6. I am very happily married to the best man. Duke Kelloway has been my biggest critic, guide, and supporter in my artistic career. He’s my best friend, and I love our life together here in our hometown.
  7. I am a mother. I have a grown-up son. He’s not an artist like me, but I think his ability to think creatively along with his interest in science and mechanics will be a winning combination that will make great things happen.
  8. I am a textile artist, painter, and printmaker. My first love was textiles, my second and main squeeze is printmaking, but painting is what I have in my head the most right now. I’ve been painting oodles of images of smudge herring, and I can’t wait to get back to painting the next one when I pick up some extra art supplies next week!
  9. My ancestors came from Britain. William Henry Frederick Davis apparently came over from Portsea in the 1700s and settled on Pinchard’s Island. There were a ton of people looking to change their way of life at a time when the class system held people down and being poor could mean starvation. I often think about what a challenge it had to be to live here without good heating and protection from the driving winds, but they were obviously a determined group of people who wanted better for their children. And look at what an amazing safe and beautiful place I live now because of their foresight!
  10. I own Norton’s Cove Studio Inc. I am the only shareholder. It was incorporated in 2002. This corporation owns Norton’s Cove Studio as well as Norton’s Cove Café which opened in 2017. I am hoping to grow my business some more with the addition of an accommodations feature here in New-Wes-Valley. I love being able to offer jobs to the people who choose to live here, and I am incredibly proud of the work my staff are doing at Norton’s Cove Café. They rock.
Did I mention how much I am inspired by the ocean? I love spending time on the water and seeing glimpses of what’s hiding beneath the waves!

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