My Name Is

My Name Is: Janet Nunn

Watercolor artist and teacher

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About me

I’ve lived on Lookout Mountain for 11 years, and before that, I lived in Lakewood for 20 years.

My father was in the Air Force, so I was a military brat. We traveled all over. But I ended up at UNC for college and never left Colorado.

I have been married to my husband Tip for 37 years. We raised one son, Austin, who now travels the world for his work.

I enjoy golfing and gardening. I have a good sized garden that is perfect for me. I grow everything — lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, squash. I’ve been a golfer for a long time. I golf with a ladies group at Fossil Trace and another one at Fox Hollow.

Painting whatever is in front of me

I am a watercolorist. My inspiration comes from all over — sometimes it’s my family or a trip I take. I have paintings of my cats and the scenery outside my home studio. I’m just about to start a painting of Clear Creek. Whatever is in front of me gets painted.

I paint with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors. Watercolors are so spontaneous and these particular ones are bright and fun to use. And they are made here in Golden, so it’s a Golden product I get to show all over.

I’ve been doing the Golden Fine Arts Festival for five or six years. Last year I won Best of Colorado, so I’ll be back again this year. I sell notecards at Baby Doe’s and other gift shops all over Denver-metro. I also have an online presence at www.janetnunnwatercolors.com.

It runs in the family


My grandmother was an art teacher. We were always doing art in my family — crafts, drawing, sketching. After I graduated college, I started taking art classes all over and I loved it.

Then I started teaching — showing people how to paint. I’ve been teaching at the Foothills Art Center for about 15 years. But I also teach all over — the Arvada Center and a number of other venues in Colorado. I just came back from teaching in California, and I’m about to go to Arizona to teach to a class.

You get a wide variety of people that come to classes. It’s fun to meet so many people. Every time I have a class, it’s a great energy of people learning how to paint.

Artwork is a release, a journal. It helps you cope with the things that go on in the world or in your life. Everybody has a different way of sharing themselves with the world, and mine is through my artwork.

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