" My inspiration comes from the positive feelings and warmth I get from the world around me: family, faith, music and traditions."
- Janet Barnes
Janet will tell you that Jacob Lawrence, who was one of the most important artist of the 20th century, had a profound effect on her paintings. His influence can be seen in her use of bold, bright colors and her depictions of everyday life. "Sitting down to dinner with family and friends, enjoying a jazz performance or reading a amazing book, leaves me with a positive feeling , and I share this feeling through my paintings," she says. Janet categorizes her style of art as social abstract with people always being the main focus in each art piece.
Although Janet studied art history and advanced art at CSU Sacramento, she considers herself self-taught. Her paintings have been exhibited in many locations in Northern California, including San Francisco City Hall as part of Mayor London Breed's and Supervisor Malia Cohen's Black History Month Celebration, resident artist at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, Arata Art Gallery in Benicia and at the Lawler House Gallery in Suisun City.