Janae Lehto

colored pencils and pastels

I’ve been an artist all my life, but it’s only been in the past seven years that I became more active in the creation part. It’s an obsession… I suppose most artists are thinking about art when they aren’t creating. I picked up colored pencils and pastels because of their versatility and ease of care. They are easy to clean up after a session, so I don’t have to worry about getting sidetracked and forgetting to wash the brushes or putting away a palette (great mediums with small kids). Colored pencils and pastels allow me the tactile feel of creating a painting, getting as detailed as I want, with the versatility of leaving all my supplies for the next day.

Artist Bio

Janae Lehto has been painting and drawing since she was a little girl, dreaming of becoming a starving artist when she grew up. Transitioning from wall and body art to actual paper, she quickly realized how rewarding sharing her art with others could be.

Janae has shown in local galleries and shops, including Mebane, Graham, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Saxapahaw, Hickory and Raleigh. She is a member of the Alamance Artisans, Orange County Artists Guild, Colored Pencil Society of America and the North Carolina Pastel Society. Her work can be found in private art collections both in the United States and abroad.

Janae is a North Carolina native, currently living in Orange County, NC with her husband, two children, two cats, a dog and two hamsters.