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I am an accomplished intarsia artist. I began using wood as an artistic medium around 1999. The natural color and grain of wood is the perfect medium for creating colorful and realistic pieces based on nature. Custom pieces, including pet portraits are my specialty. I have created custom pieces for people worldwide. I am self-taught, and endeavour to capture an animal’s personality and expression in wood. I create finished pieces for sale made from commercially available patterns as well as my own designs.
I am a Contributing Editor to Creative Woodworks & Crafts magazine - with both my own designs and those of intarsia designer Bruce Worthington. I am also a contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts magazine. I have been fortunate to have had quite a few of my pieces chosen to be featured on the cover of Creative Woodworks & Crafts.
I am a moderator for an Intarsia Yahoo group as well as Scroll Saw Woodworking magazine’s online forum for scroll saw artists. I enjoy encouraging others and teaching them by sharing my experience within the groups, giving others confidence and improving their own skills.
Starting with a pattern, I select the types of woods I will use in a project. The color and grain selection of the wood is an important first step. Each piece is first cut out with a scroll saw, then shaped and sanded utilizing several types of sanding tools depending on the desired results. Once each piece has been shaped, they are all glued together and several coats of a clear satin finish is applied to protect and enhance the natural colors of the wood. No stains are used (unless absolutely necessary) and the only paint used is a highlight dot in the eyes of animals. This highlight brings the piece to life. The project is then glued to a backing for added strength. Each finished project is numbered and signed. I then list the woods used to create the piece on the back.
Artist Statement: Janette Square
“When I create an intarsia for someone, I strive to create something meaningful and personal to them. Whether a portrait of a beloved pet or a landscape of someplace that holds a special meaning, these custom pieces challenge me to bring to life in wood, a part of their life that is important to them. This, I find is the most rewarding aspect of what I do. When my art work brings happiness to someone - it is the best reason I can think of to create it.”
-- Janette, Intarsia Artist & Contributing Editor Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine
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