I’ve always been creative, and as a young person painting and drawing helped me to be content and more confident. I left school and developed a career in design, but continued to paint in my spare time and regularly sold commissions.
In early 2014 I took a chance and gave up my full-time design job to pursue my passion of painting. We converted an old brick shed at the bottom of the garden into a modest studio and I started painting more seriously. In the last four years I’ve become a selling artist. Selling through my studio, website http://www.canalsideart.wordpress.com, Artfinder https://www.artfinder.com/janet-barnes#/ and local shops.
Life drawing is a passion and vital to my creative practice, so I started running small life drawing sessions from my studio, and for the past 18 months have been involved in running a life drawing workshop from our local Heritage Centre: https://canalsideheritagecentre.org.uk/whats-on/events/03/10/2018/groups/lifedrawing- group.
My work falls into a few categories; local landscapes, Nottinghamshire culture, street scenes, and wildlife. I paint mainly in Oils or Acrylics and I’ve lately been experimenting with more texture and mixed media on a larger scale.
In late 2017 I started to notice weakness in my right hand and slight changes in my dexterity and movement. In early 2018 I went to my GP and I was referred to the Neurology dept. In June 2018 I got the extremely unexpected news that at the age of 47 I have young onset Parkinson’s disease. I got the formal diagnosis on September 12th. This website is all about what I do next with my creative practice, and how I learn to paint with Parkinson’s disease or what I call “Mr P”.