Richmond based artist, Janie Pinney, created over 50 paintings for her solo show titled "A Sense of Belonging" scheduled for April 2nd at Palette Home. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for a new date. Until then, PAINTINGS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE
GET TO KNOW JANIE
PH: When did you start painting?
JP: I started painting at age 9. My mother signed me up to take lessons with a teacher named Mrs. White. At first I was more excited about spending time with all of her pets, but I quickly gravitated to the fun of painting at an easel. She taught her class to appreciate the beauty and versatility of oil paints. My father was also a great doodler! His spontaneous and often humorous sketches were reminders of the fun of art. I also always admired an aunt and a great aunt who were artists and were named “Janie”.
PH: Have you always been drawn to art?
JP: I am drawn to color, shapes, and texture of many art mediums, but paintings are my favorite. I like to find something about a historical or modern artist that makes me feel connected to their story or their intention for creating their work. I am also very influenced by artist workshops. I feel grateful for talented artists who want to share their talent and techniques with others. If I walk away from a workshop having learned at least one good piece of advice, helpful tool, or technique, it is well worth it. I find every day experiences, nature, and other works of art to be constant catalysts for the creative process.
PH: What do you love most about painting?
JP: Two things. One is I can let go of time when I paint. The second is the joy that comes from doing something that can evoke joy in others.
PH: Do you have any favorite artists that inspire you?
JP: There are many. Some well known artists that I have always admired are Diebenkorn, Sargent, Picasso, Kandinsky, Rodin, Kahn, and Vermeer. I have a special appreciation for local art and artists.
PH: Did you study Art or work in a creative field before painting?
JP: Yes, I majored in Arts Management. I moved to Richmond after college to work in several ad agency’s and ended up at the Martin Agency. After Lee and I married in 1988, I studied and practiced Faux painting for several years until we had children. After being mom for many years, I started painting regularly with Jane Joyner who is a talented local artist and mentor for many. That consistency has brought about a desire to paint more and explore more opportunities to market my work.
PH: Is your family a part of your creative journey? They must be very proud of your work.
JP: My husband Lee is a stock broker. He and I are blessed to have 3 daughters ages 25, 23, and 18. The oldest,Walker is a speech language pathologist in Richmond, 23 year old Caroline has just finished college with a BFA in painting and print making (so lucky that we can share art ideas and learn from each other! )And the youngest Caroline is a freshman in college. They are all very supportive and enthusiastic about my work and I love them to pieces!
PH: And finally, your favorite artist quote?
JP: "Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life” - Pablo Picasso
Dream Come True 48 X 60
Skinny #2 12 X 36
Changing the Dance 24 X 24