Janet Bedford was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Wyoming in 1986. After visiting the area several times, she and her late husband, renowned jazz drummer Ronnie Bedford, moved to Park County when he was hired to teach percussion at Northwest College.
Janet’s art often reflects her love of the western wildlife, landscape and lifestyle. Recent forays into abstracts and widely varied subjects are evidence of her diverse interests. She had a long career in fine art, graphic arts, advertising, preprint production and as an editorial artist for a major New Jersey newspaper before moving west.
In 1998, Janet added sculpting to her activities and has produced several wildlife bronzes. A guided trip through the McCullough Peaks with an old local cowboy inspired “The Challenge” depicting two stallions in a battle for dominance. In 2008, she was commissioned by Park County School District 1 to create a life size bronze panther for the atrium of the new Powell High School to honor the legacy of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, PHS Class of 1917.
Over a span of thirty years living in Wyoming, Janet has been represented by several galleries in Cody, Powell and Billings, MT. In 2012, she was commissioned by Kampgrounds of America, Inc. to produce a painting for their corporate office gallery in Billings, MT commemorating their fifty years in the business of fun. In 2015, she was hired to paint an interior diorama in a vintage Airstream trailer featuring several National Parks. The owner, a historian and former park ranger, has been touring the country with it, giving talks about the WPA and CCC and the unique screen printed posters that were created for the parks. This is to commemorate the National Park Centennial in 2016. Janet has participated in many regional shows and several Yellowstone Art Museum Auctions.