Janet Simmons Sweet, CFS  - The Unapologetic Landscape,  Studio 204,  Alton Mill Arts Centre






This new collection releases the highly emotional experience of Dementia. Twelve canvases, visualize the progression of the disease, as information in the form of details are randomly lost. Grey scale is used exclusively to metaphorically depict the human brain, "Grey Matter", and to literally wash the colour out of the memory. Despite all of this, Janet still delivers an uplifting message. Although the colour and the details may fade, the beautiful light is always present.



The following artworks are now the finished Collection.

 Minimal paint is used, and often "wiped off" to create some of the "holes" in the memory. 

Dementia is not linear. Janet has isolated the collection into groups of two or three canvases that relate directly to each other. The loss and the reappearance of detail is more pronounced in this relationship, clearly illustrating the random progression.

 Composition is used to tell the larger picture of the disease.
 Janet takes you all over the road in the first five artworks. It starts off swinging to the left, then down the centre, then off to the right and then back to the centre. And then suddenly, and permanently it disappears. Leaves appear, disappear. A fence in the beginning, disconnects and disappears. Fog is seen in all the works, off in the distance, in the woods behind the main focus and obscuring details.
 In the next four pieces, the woods that has lurked in the background fog, becomes the foreground. And it is in that very foreground, as the sixth and seven connect, that you see the loss of detail/memory. Somewhere in the woods, the horizon shifts and disconnects from the eighth work to the ninth.
 The tenth and eleventh works show a resurface of detail, and in an immediate decline, the fog closes in.
 In the final piece, you are in the woods, in the fog, with only a wisp of clarity.

Janet stays true to her initial statement throughout the entire collection. Beautiful light, a calm, almost serene feeling in each artwork.
She has proven to herself, and to all who view it, details do not matter.
The essence of beautiful light shines through it all.


The Collection has been painted as her artistic interpretation of her mother, Penny Simmons. 

Penny is currently doing well in a memory care facility with her three daughters visiting every week....to enjoy her beautiful light.



The Complete Collection:

Grey Matter I
Grey Matter I
35 x 48 Oil on Canvas, $2000
Grey Matter II
Grey Matter II
36 x 48 Oil on Canvas, $2000
Grey Matter III
Grey Matter III
36 x 48 Oil on Canvas, $2000
Mirror Mirror (IV) Diptych a
Mirror Mirror (IV) Diptych a
36 x 36 Oil on Canvas, $3000 for pair (with b)
Mirror Mirror (V) Diptych b
Mirror Mirror (V) Diptych b
36 x 36 Oil on Canvas, $3000 for pair (with a)
Grey Matter VII
Grey Matter VII
48 x 36 Oil on Canvas, $2000
Grey Matter VI
Grey Matter VI
48 x 36 Oil On Canvas, $2000
Grey Matter VIII Diptych  with IX
Grey Matter VIII Diptych with IX
36 x 36 Oil on Canvas, $3000 (pair)
Grey Matter IX Diptych with VIII
Grey Matter IX Diptych with VIII
36 x 36 Oil on Canvas, $3000 (pair)
Grey Matter X
Grey Matter X
48 x 36 Oil on Canvas, $2000
Grey Matter XI
Grey Matter XI
48 x 36 Oil On Canvas, $2000
Grey Matter XII- Accepted BAB 2019 Juried Show
Grey Matter XII- Accepted BAB 2019 Juried Show
48 x 36 Oil on Canvas, $2000










Studio artist Janet Simmons Sweet has been busy at work on her monochrome series “Grey Matter,” depicting the progression of Dementia across 12 canvases. Janet describes the series as uplifting, saying that “although the colour and the details may fade, beautiful light is always present.”  This moving collection of artwork will be on display in the Falls Gallery from October 9 - November 3, 2019. Stop by studio 204 to see the works in progress for yourself