Janus Lee

Janus Lee

Back when billboards were still created as large paintings of giant hamburgers & effervescent glasses of beer, all done from scaffolding rigged high above the ground on swing stages, Janus Lee grew up following her sign-painting father around. After these early close-up art encounters, Janus opted for art projects much closer to the ground, and now works in a range of mediums in her south Austin, Texas studio.

Janus garnered drawing and painting awards in regional exhibitions while in High School, and college. Prior to completing her BA degree in Art & Design in 1985, Janus taught portraiture and other community education classes. Janus also did free-lance art, photography, and advertising design for several publications during the 1980’s. Using iridescent silk, Janus designed an installation art piece in conjunction with Judy Chicago’s 'The Dinner Party' project. As of 2015 this International Honor Quilt piece is permanently installed: http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/search/collection/ihq/searchterm/Lee/order/nosort

After college graduation Janus wore several hats in a marketing department of a large medical center, doing public relations and medical photography; concept art; & production of a variety of hospital publications. More creative work followed in various venues for over a decade: as a designer, marketing director, yellow-page artist, free-lance illustrator, and creative director.

The early 1990's found Janus exploring calligraphy and exhibiting with the Sun Coast Society of Scribes in St. Petersburg, FL. With oil & pigment, she was also staining her designs into wood grain, resulting in commissions for her reimagined vintage furniture. During this time, Janus also worked for the Children's Museum of Tampa, where she helped to develop and docent the 'Faces of the Americas' exhibit.

After earning a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine & practicing Asian medicine for over a decade, Janus returned to art. In 2014, she furthered her art education at St. Edward's University, primarily studying Art History, Watercolor, and Sequential Art - the latter for her upcoming graphic novel, 'The Man Who Made War on Chicago'.

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Aerialist Dreaming

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Framed size: 28.5" x 22.5"


Honeysuckle Standing

Medium: Acrylic on wrapped canvas



Peach Blossom Luck

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Unframed, Wrapped canvas


Radish Dance

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas




Medium: Acrylic on wrapped canvas



The Jewel is in the Lotus

Medium: Acrylic on wrapped canvas



Top of the Hill

Medium: Watercolor & Pencil on Rice Paper

Framed size: 18.5" x 26.5"


What Arrives? What Departs?

Medium: Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas