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I am at my happiest when I am doing, planning or talking about art. I began my art career y becoming a certified “Bob Ross Instructor.” I even mastered thre Bob Ross technique and gave 30-minute demos for several years at the Missouri State Fair. I took and set up classes from various artists around the country, learning several techniques portraits, animals, florals and landscapes.

In 1995 I began taking art classes a Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, and eventually switched to State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri. I have had five years of art and art history classes which include painting, drawing, ceramics, fibers, watercolor, printmaking, and theory and design. You never learn it all.

I enjoy teaching a “painting-in-a-day” most because it is a wonderful feeling to be able to instruct someone with little or no experience and have them complege a painting in just one day. It’s wonderful for them to find that they too, with some instruction, a complete a painting in such a short time.

I am a member of the Jefferson City Art Club, Sedalia Visual Art Association and Best of Missouri Hands. I served for two years on the Chamber of Commerce board in California, Missouri, Best of Missouri Hands board and president of the Jefferson City Art Club also for two years. For four years I owned and ran my own art studio.

Learn more about Janis in her book “Have Brush, Will Paint, My Life as an Artist,” available on Amazon.