Janet Fish was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1938 and raised in Bermuda. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Smith College and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University.
A realist, Fish is well known for her richly executed oil paintings and pastels of glass objects, fruit and flowers. Her work has been included in “American Realism”, at the Isetan Museum in Tokyo; “Contemporary American Realism Since 1960” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and in “Real, Really Real and Super Real”, a traveling exhibition organized by the San Antonio Museum of Art. Fish won the 1993 American Artist Achievement Award/Oils; an Australian Council for the Arts grant to travel and lecture in Australia in 1975; MacDowell Colony Fellowships in 1968, 1969 and 1972 and the Harris Award at the Chicago Biennale in 1974.
Fish thinks of herself as a “painterly realist”, primarily interested in light, atmosphere, motion and lush, saturated color. Motion and energy pervade Fish’s compositions. In 1988, Fish turned to watercolors and in 1991, to collaborative screeprints at the Wing Lake Studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.