Janie works in a variety of mediums including watercolors, oils, mixed media and traditional sculpting methods such as stone, carving, clay and wax modeling, plaster and bronze casting. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Grants, the Suomalainen Perustus Grant, the Norwegian Marshall Award for sculpture, support from the New York Foundation of the Arts and numerous other awards for artistic achievement. The artist exhibits in the United States and internationally.
Janie is passionate about Nordic mythology, cultural exchange and her belief in art as an international language and vehicle capable of crossing religious, cultural and geographical borders. A native of Upstate New York, her pursuit of art has taken her to Kulusuk, Greenland; the Ural Mountains of Russia; Yangshuo, South China; and to Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia. She has lived and worked as an artist in residence in Oslo Norway; Akureyri, Iceland; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland.
Janie is the founder of ANAA -- the American Nordic Artist’s Association, a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting international understanding through artistic exchanges.
Darovskikh has taught children and adult art with a goal to unlock each student’s creativity and greatness through their own artistic journey.
If I had been born a scientist, I would be busy contemplating the why of life in a scientific way. But fate has given me art, and in the tradition of my mother, grandmother and grandfather, I respond to the mystery rather than the why of life. In my work, I try to catch a glimpse of the mystery that is within us and everything around us. Children, culture, dance, mythology, the human spirit and the quiet heroic souls of everyday life—these are my inspirations. I use the figure as the vehicle to explore their human visual manifestations. The process involves a constantly evolving search to learn, grow, exchange, feel and create. May the work tell a story of an adventure, a feeling, a dream or a journey. Interpret and enjoy!