Janice Colbert

Janice Colbert is a Toronto painter. Fashion design was her first career subsequent to studying Visual and Creative Arts at St. Lawrence College. After several years with her own label her interest evolved into fine art. An alumna from the Ontario College of Art & Design University, she was awarded the Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Emerging Grant, and she was a semi-finalist in the Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Painting Competition. She exhibits in Boston, Miami, New York and Toronto. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections in the United States and Canada. 



Hard-edge painting of geometric quilt-designs on birch panel has been my signature for a decade. At this juncture I was thrilled with the opportunity to try something unfamiliar: painting on a three-dimensional form. 

From the start, I visualized Tian in a Tumbling-Block patterned shirt and jeans with a Grandmother’s-Flower motif. Initially I struggled with the process until I learned how to work with acrylics on plastic. Six weeks of artistic growth replaced the uncertainty.

My parting present—the friendship bracelet—reveals my affection for Tian. Its message is a fundamental affirmation that all children should hear every day.