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 Janet Downie  (1854 - 1944)

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Lived/Active: Texas/Michigan      Known for: landscape, portrait, adobe, Indian

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Janet Downie resided in Austin and San Antonio, Texas and was known as a painter in watercolor and oil whose specialty was Texas landscapes, often with bluebonnets. Among other landscape subjects were Rocky Mountain views, the Garden of the Gods, and adobes and natives of New Mexico. She was also a teacher and writer and between 1906 and 1916, was supervisor of art in the Austin Public Schools. From her home studio, called the Bluebonnet Studio, she gave lessons in painting, ceramics, and drawing.

Janet Downie was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 1878, Downie moved to Austin, Texas with her widowed mother. She received art training in London at the Government School and in Liverpool at the South Kensington Institute. Downie continued her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago and instruction with Charles F. Binns at the New York State School of Clay Working and Ceramics. In addition, she attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at Chester Springs under Hugh Henry Breckenridge. Downie studied with Sven Birger Sandzen at the Broadmoor Art Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1924.

Downie started her teaching career in the 1890's at Hood's Seminary and Stuart Seminary, Austin, Texas. She was art supervisor for the Austin public schools and taught privately in Austin.

Downie died in Dallas, Texas in 1944.

She was a member of the Guild of Austin Artists; San Antonio Art League; Southern States Art League; and the Texas Fine Arts Association. Her exhibitions included the San Antonio Art League; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin; Annual Texas Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth; Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio; Guild of Austin Artists; Women Artists of Texas; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, and the Dallas Woman's Forum.

John and Deborah Powers, "Texas Painters, Sculptors and Graphic Artists"
Phil Kovinick and Marian Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West"

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