Janie Brackney

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I have always been interested in art of all kinds. In high school I was chosen to paint the mascot (stylized wild cat that I drew) on the wall of the gym. I spent as much time as possible in the art room doing everything from sculpting to metal working. I taught myself from books about oil painting and painted as much as my time would allow. At 37 I had a stroke and lost the ability to do any painting or drawing.

About 9 years ago I took a class online which was to make a new scrapbook page about myself every day for 40 days. The subject of each page was given to those taking the class. It awakened my desire to actively create again. I made several pieces with paper that resembled quilts.

image001After that I decided to try my hand at pen and ink. I became obsessed with it! I had my first art show about 6 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have sold several of my pieces and have had two commissions.

Moving to Sequim after spending 27 years in Alaska has been such a boost to my “creative juices”. I love visiting the galleries and seeing what other artists do and learning from others about techniques, etc.

I have always been interested in photography, quilting, some crafts, and working with metal, but my pen and ink work has brought me the most joy and fulfillment. I do mostly abstract work. Recently I have started using watercolor to enhance my pen and ink work. My oldest daughter wants to teach me how to put lights in my work. I’m very excited about this possibility!!