About Janette Church

"Artist Janette Church"
Janette Church was born in 1981, and given the nickname of "Peanut" almost immediately. She was raised in Plano, Texas, just outside Dallas. At the age of 18, Janette left home to study Visual Art and Painting at Brigham Young University, where she graduated with her Bachelors Degree in August of 2002.

In 1999, just before leaving home for college, Janette participated in a youth event, in which she displayed her artwork. A few days later, she met Ernie Willmore, a building manager from Dallas, who had been at the same event and seen her work. He offered her a chance to paint two pieces for the lobby of an investment building downtown.

As a senior in high school, she had just happened into the greatest event of her life, and her very first commissioned piece. Naive and inexperienced, she had to turn to her Dad's secretary to create an invoice--she didn't know what one was, much less how to create one.
A few months later when all was said and done, the manager paid her a great deal for the pieces; however, the experience was priceless and life changing.

While away at school, she participated in several art shows and functions, and continued to push herself to the next level of painting. In school she was taught that no one would care what she could do, unless she proved herself first.

Throughout college, she continued to work as a commissioned artist and graphic designer for the university, never forgetting the words of wisdom that her high school AP art teacher, Tim Hunt, gave her: Prove Yourself First. Janette believed that if she could learn the skills required now, later she could paint what she wanted.

"First Commission"
Acrylic on Canvas, (2) 5' x 5' x 2"

"The Church Family"
In February of 2002, she married her high school friend and biggest support, Gary Church. She finished out her last semester of school, and graduated at the end of the summer in 2002.

Upon graduation, Janette headed straight for home...Dallas. Without a plan, she immediately accepted the first office job that came along, all the while looking for a way that she could make a living doing what she loved...painting.

It was then that her husband really started to encourage her to begin listing her paintings on eBay. She immediately discounted the idea as nonsense, and left it at that. "eBay? REALLY?!"

Nine months after starting, she quit the first real job she had ever had. Again, her husband was there to encourage her towards eBay, and again Janette refused.

Instead, she moved directly into another job, where she would continue to spend her spare time trying to come up with a way that she could use her artwork and be successful at the same time.

It wasn't until a year and a half later, during a very late night, that her husband finally convinced her to give eBay a shot. Janette agreed to try eBay, on one condition: when the idea failed (which, she knew it would), Gary would have to leave her alone about it and never mention it again.
A few weeks later, Janette listed her first nine paintings on eBay...and every last one sold. She had lost and Gary had won ... little did she know that this was the beginning of a fantastic, but truly annoying trait that her husband possessed: never being wrong.

The next week, Janette listed several more paintings and all but one sold. There was no denying it at that point. She promptly gave her two weeks notice at her current job, and spent the next two weeks working 80 hours a week to keep up with eBay.

Throughout the next 4 years, she worked full time and solely as a self represented artist. She became an internationally collected artist, with collectors in Italy, Aruba, Canada, Germany, France, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Chile, Australia, UK, Turkey, India, Denmark, and the United States, with sales exceeding 1,100 paintings worldwide.

In 2006, Janette and Gary welcomed their first baby ... and Janette realized the need to scale back on her work. However, it wasn't until her second baby was born in 2008 that she realized the need to close her studio and focus on what was really most important to her. After closing her studio, she opened an art based preschool, in an effort to continue working and creating with her children at her side.

In late 2012, she decided to return to painting as a 2013 New Year's Resolution, and began the process of balancing the three "P's": painting, preschool, and parenting.

"Commissioned Work"
Acrylic on Board, 32" x 48" x 1"

"The Church Family"
October 2011
Janette is doing what she loves, and is incredibly fortunate to be making a living at the same time. Although she has loved the opportunity to create and sell her work, she is most proud of her children. She agrees that the hardest job in the world is also the best job in the world ... and she LOVES being a mother.

To quote David O. McKay, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." She strongly believes that the most important job goes on within the four walls of the home.

In 2014, Janette plans to follow her children to school and hopes to be teaching art in an ISD near her home. She has been blessed with so many wonderful teachers throughout her career and it's time to give back.

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