Janice Parker Muir was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a major in Elementary Education and minors in Art and Recreation. After graduation she lived in Salinas, California. At the end of 7 years she and her family moved back to the mountains of northern New Mexico.
From 1974-84 she worked in clay.
For ten years she was involved in the local Light Opera and Little Theatre.
In the early 1990s she felt the need to become re-involved in the creative process on a more personal level. At that time she took refresher courses in a number of different mediums including studying with Albert Handell, Doug Dawson, Ted Goerschner and Kim English.
In 1994 Muir began entering juried exhibitions and winning awards. She is a signature member of the Women Artists of the West, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Pastel Society of New Mexico and the Pastel Society of Colorado. She is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America.
In 2007 Muir had an image selected for publication in the Jack Richeson book Plein Air New Mexico. She has also been published in The Pastel Journal top 100 twice where she took a 2nd Place and an Award of Merit.
Muir paintings hang in many corporate, private and governmental collections.
Muir has taught art classes and workshops through UNM-LA branch and the Art Center at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, New Mexico She now teaches her own workshops through her studio.
Always interested in experimenting she works multiple mediums including stained glass.
A native of New Mexico, Janice grew up with a reverence for nature and especially a love of our southwestern skies. Janice spent many hours with her father watching the clouds go by. That along with the fact that her mother was an artist led her to the desire to communicate the beauty around her through art. With her first set of professional pastels given to her by her mother, she set out to do just that.
Painting the sky becomes a spiritual experience for her. “I feel such a sense of liberation and endless possibilities. Our New Mexico skies give me the space to expand, to breathe. There is kind of a calming energy.” She believes that the “Joy is in the Journey". “I hope my paintings help the viewer resonate with the places I have loved.”
Although best known for her pastel paintings, she also works in acrylic, oil and stained glass.
Recognized by her peers with signature status in Women Artists of the West, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Pastel Society of the West Coast, and the Pastel Society of Colorado. She is an associate member of the Oil Painters of America.
Her paintings hang in governmental, corporate and personal collections nation wide.
Janice has a degree in education and teaches art classes through the Karen Wray Fine Arts Gallery.