Janet is a renown Australian Equine Artist with over 30 years experience.
Janet has completed many commissions in that time, both in Australia and overseas. Her longest commission started in 1981 and was to paint every Melbourne Cup winner since Archer in 1861. The paintings are featured in the Melbourne Cup Calendars, which have been produced every year since 1982.
This project was originally commissioned by Melbourne businessman Peter Karol. Peter’s intention was to complete all paintings by Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988.
The paintings were exhibited at the Racing Museum at Caulfield Racecourse. The exhibition was opened by the late Bart Cummings and a video, with commentary by the late Bill Collins, was produced. The project is still continuing, through Ross and Vanessa McKay, with the Melbourne Cup winner being painted every year.
(as of 2012 the calendar is no longer being produced but prints are still available.)
Janet’s largest commission, in dimensions, was to paint the “Triple Dead Heat” mural for her local Stony Creek Racing Club. This was to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic Triple Dead Heat in 1987.
Janet’s late husband, Claude, helped her with this mural, and sadly, lost his long battle with cancer shortly after finishing it in February 2007.
Janet and Claude bred and raced horses for 20 years. They had some success and very many dramas. That’s Racing!
Janet has been writing poetry for the last 10 years and has recently, in collaboration with her daughter, published her first poetry book, “Painting with Words” Volume 1.
BOX STALLION WINERY 2011
Exhibition of the entire Melbourne Cup Collection. This exhibition went for 5 months, and was held at the Box Stallion Winery on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
The Box Stallion Winery was previously Muranna Thoroughbred Horse Stud.
Melbourne Cup Tour 2008
Janet Thomas holding The 2008 Melbourne Cup with the late Roy Higgins in the Leongatha Town Hall.
Leongatha is located in South Gippsland, Victoria.
Dromana Exhibition 2006
Exhibition of the entire Melbourne Cup Collection. This exhibition went for 10 days, and was held in Dromana, Victoria.
Video: Melbourne Cup Winners Collection
Introduced by the late Bill Collins