Janice Byer


Janice Byer is an award-winning fine artist and successful book illustrator who masters in watercolor and oil. “My oils are classically driven and watercolors expressive. My favorite tool is a pencil.”

She began oil painting at age 8, continued through high school, studied at Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT and Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT. After receiving a scholarship and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA she remained in California to pursue her Art career, and that she did.
Janice taught drawing, ceramics, puppet making, silk screening to young adults at San Leandro’s Juvenile Hall and East Oakland Youth Development Center in Oakland in the late 70’s, figure drawing instructions in the 80’s, & ‘How to Draw’ classes at Amsterdam Art Berkeley in the 90s. Then onto exhibiting her work in honorable California Art Festivals through the start of 2000: ‘Scene on the Straits’, ‘San Ramon Arts Festival’, ‘Danville Art & Wine Stroll’, Epperson Gallery’s ‘Valona Paint Out’ in Crockett, ‘Walnut Creek Fine Art Fair’, ‘Open Studios’ in Oakland & Danville to name a few. Next, Janice taught ‘Introduction to Watercolor’ to 7 & 8 graders at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon through an Artist in Residence Program at the beginning of 2010 with Art illustration dominating the 2010 – 2020 decade, now her watercolors are exploding on paper and Janice’s Art is at its finest.

You can see her work in the popular children’s books, ‘Henry the Great Blue Heron’, ‘Baby Carrots’, and ‘Crunchy Carrots’ by Sondra Perry. Plus view her illustrations in ‘#Empowered - A Gratitude & Affirmations Journal’ by Pam Grimm published in 2020.