The youngest of eight children, Janie Johnson did not realize her passion for painting in watercolors until well into her life.  Her mother was an artist who painted for 'Southern Pottery', but whose focus was mostly on raising eight children.  Children have been the focus of Janie's life also.  She has pursued her goals in the world of art alongside her commitment to raising healthy, happy kids.  Her supportive spouse and their four children knew that she was always there for them, but that she also had bigger dreams for herself. NOW is the time for all of the hard work to pay off. This is her 'New Beginning'.

Artist Statement

“Anyone Can Draw” -- this is what I heard. The TV station said it, the art brochures repeated it, and so it must be true! However, were they talking to me??? A 30 year old mother of four children with absolutely no art background. Yes, it is true! Anyone can learn to draw (or paint)-- if you have the desire and are willing to work at it!

My journey for the past 20 years has been one of learning to express myself in new ways, studying the work of others and finding my own voice in artistic media. I have had the opportunity to study with a variety of local and nationally known artists. Some of the classes were intensive sessions to help me develop my own personal style, while others were in a group setting that provided insight to other artists and their approach to ‘seeing’ in the world of art. Two artists -- Sterling Edwards and Chuck McLachlan -- have had a major impact on my artistic growth. These two have shared their incredible knowledge and given me the courage to continue my journey.

As a former teacher, it was only natural to want to share my passion with others.  Beginning with small group lessons in my studio several years ago, I have continued to expand my instructional offerings to children and adults through special programs at several local retirement communities, Pullen Art Center, Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh and ArtExposure near Topsail Beach. How rewarding it is to watch people develop the ability to ‘see’ and draw the world around them.

Live the Passion!

My biggest dream is sharing my passion with people to create art for themselves and not for the world to 'purchase'.  I was discouraged by an art teacher at a very young age that I was not meant to create art.  WHY would anyone discourage the joy and pleasure that one experiences while creating??!!  My back ground is teaching.  Talent is NOT what it is about!  If you have desire and passion...you can ENJOY! 

Please visit the 'Workshop Opportunities' page to see what classes are available or contact me to arrange a class for your group.