Noreene Janus is a watermedia artist from Falls Church Virginia. She has been painting in watercolor for more than 10 years working with several start artists at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria Virginia. She is a member of the Art League at the Torpedo Factory, Falls Church Art, Potomac Valley Watercolorists, and the Vienna Arts Society.
She gets her inspiration from many parts of the world. Until recently, she worked in the field of international communications and IT for education and health for the US government. She has travelled and lived in Latin America, South Asia, and Europe. Noreene recently launched a new watercolor series of coral reefs and undersea scenes, inspired by the reef protection work by her colleagues at USAID.
In Belize, reefs are home to more than 500 species of fish as well as numerous birds, turtles, and marine mammals. Raj Ampat in eastern Indonesia harbors more than 1300 species of reef fish, as as much as 75% of the diversity of the world's corals. These reefs are the "grocery" and the "pharmacy" of the local people, as well as protection against tsunamis, and storms. Unfortunately, approximately 75% of the world's reefs are currently threatened by thermal stress, and ocean acidification.
Noreene likes to experiment with different forms of watercolor techniques. She has exhibited in various venues in the Washington DC area, and is currently represented by the B & B Gallery, 215 King street in Old Town Alexandria.