Janie Lowe received her BFA from Texas Tech University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She illustrated for publications such as The New York Times, Random House Books and a book, The Great Ridley Rescue, written by Pamela Phillips. After a few years of freelance illustrating in New York, she moved to Portland, Oregon to live between the mountains and the coast.
In Portland, Janie and her partner started a specialty finishes company painting murals and other plaster and faux finishes for both commercial and residential. They began feeling the effects of working with architectural paints and looked for a safer alternative; when they couldn't find one, they founded an eco-friendly paint company. Janie designed the harmonious and limited color palette and worked with chemists to develop the original zero voc paint formula. She helped grow the company for a decade before selling it. After a 10 year hiatus from art during this time, she is now back in the studio and painting again.
Janie has had the honor of studying with the illustrator Marshall Arisman and master painter David Leffel. Her work has been shown at the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition at the Steamboat Springs Museum, has exhibited at the Museum of Texas Tech University, and galleries in New York, Oregon and Texas.
Janie currently works and teaches workshops in her studios in Portland and Manzanita, between the mountains and the beautiful Oregon coast.