Janene Grende was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho, and moved north to Sandpoint area in 1974. She has painted for over 30 years. She paints in gouache (rhymes with was). Gouache is a medium of watercolor-type pigments that are opaque. She also uses silk dyes on silk to create some very vivid paintings of horses, equestrians, cowgirls and wildlife.
Janene has completed several paintings for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, twice being chosen the artist of the quarter. She also created three other companion prints for the RMEF banquets. The featured artist print “Comfort Zone”, featuring two cougar kittens and their Mom, was a very popular print for RMEF.
She was selected as the Ducks Unlimited artist of the year for Idaho, the first woman to win this honor and the first person to win it twice. She was also DU Washington State Sponsor print artist.
Janene has been a favorite card artist with Leanin Tree Cards. The Bradford Exchange is another company Janene creates artwork for. She designs images for plates, ornaments and sculptured items.
Janene regularly attends the Fall Festival Show in Lake City, Minnesota, at Wild Wings headquarters. She has shown many paintings in their originals Catalog and sold work through their Wild Wings Galleries nationwide. They publish Janene’s work with the newest releases titled “Grape Expectations”, a kestrel sitting on some grape nines and “Slippery When Wet”, a black bear family crossing a log.
Janene was invited to show her horse-inspired paintings with the American Academy of Equine Art in 2002 and 2003, at the Kentucky Horse Park.
When she is not painting she is most likely riding the trails of North Idaho on one of her horses. She also works with children and adults through the United States Pony Club, teaching them safe horse management and riding skills.