This month I am featuring an artist that has been working in the folk art world for over a decade. Her work has been featured in many magazines,galleries, HGTV and has multiple lines with Enesco and lets not forget the obscene amount in private collections. A self taught artist who sculpts in paper mache clay and creates mixed media paintings. When I first found this artist I actually gasped out loud. I was stunned at the one of a kind personality each piece had. I remember saying-Oh, I HAVE GOT TO GET ONE!!
All of her work features amazingly one of a kind - unique characters but that is only part of the appeal. Her eye for detail is astounding. If you have ever had the privilege of owning or seeing a Janell Berryman original you know what I mean. She can paint the absolute tiniest details that make each piece so special. Her craftwomanship is always flawless and yet her work always feels attainable and real. Not store bought but truly one of a kind.
I wanted to feature her since day one of my Artist's who Rock award but decided that since we are friends that it might lose its value on people.
I was lucky enough to find a friend in Janell just last year. She has selflessly guided me and been the driving force behind my sculpture work (whether she knows it or not). What I have learned in the last year would have taken me MANY MANY years to learn on my own and I am so grateful as I feel my work has grown considerably. We folk artists do it because we have to. Something inside us tells us that even though we have no formal training that we do have value in our art. Personal-from the heart, true blue, home grown, genuine value.
Which is what folk art is all about isn't it? Doing it on your own, from your heart and your mind with Lil or no regard for mainstream success. It is not her successes that make her my choice for May. Her success just proves that her artistic vision and ability transcend all backgrounds. Nor, is it her "schooling" me. It is simply her wonderful imagination, attention to detail, and first class craftwomanship that makes her my choice for May.
You may find one of a kind Janell Berryman pieces at PumpkinSeeds Folk Art on Etsy and on her website PumpkinSeeds Originals.
Below you will find my personal Janell Berryman collection to date (I have 2 more paintings on the way as I write this)! Most are originals but a few are hand painted Enesco reproductions that are amazing in quality and detail. Come peek for a smile and some inspiration!
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