Janet Brice Parker is a talented and skilled painter with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Janet began her art training in 1956 at the age of twelve and continued private instruction until 1963 when she entered the university. Her paintings are accomplished in the complex medium of watercolor and her work is alive with color, movement and freshness.
Janet studied with internationally known watercolorist, Richard Brough. She was also instructed by Alvin Sella and many other outstanding painters who taught her the importance of good composition and design.
Awards received by Janet Parker include Huntsville Art League juried show award, Huntsville, Alabama; a Gold Addy for graphic design from The Huntsville Advertising Federation; an award presented by Dynamic Graphics, Inc., Peoria, Illinois for Outstanding Graphic Design in Television; a drawing chosen for the Permanent Collection, University of Alabama in Huntsville; a purchase award at the Annual Juried show in Grayton Beach, Florida.
Janet's career in art has followed an interesting path. She was the artist for a CBS affiliate television station in Huntsville, Alabama and a freelance designer for a number of advertising agencies. She worked as a set designer for The Lyric Opera, Kansas City, Kansas; was a courtroom artist for television stations in Huntsville, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee. Janet worked as the graphic designer for Dragonfly, a screen print company in Nashville. Her paintings and portraits are in private collections throughout the United States.
Before doing mostly commissioned work in her home studio, Janet was represented by the following galleries: Miller Gallery, Oneonta, Alabama; Grisham Cornell, Decatur, Alabama; Emerald Gallery, Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Acquisitions, Foley, Alabama; Magnolia House, Grayton Beach, Florida; McLaughlin, Georgetown, South Carolina; Mon Image, Grayton Beach, Florida and The Main Street Bistro, Hartselle, Alabama.
In addition to Janet's career in painting, she is a writer. Her published book of short stories, The Ivy Stays Green, draws upon her experiences of growing up in a small southern town during the 1950s and 60s. She also included stories told to her by her parents and grandparents.
Janet’s second publication is a children’s book titled, Do Right Rhymes. It is a teaching tool written with humor and instruction.
Janet was influenced by her grandmother’s published memoirs and the literary example that she was. She also enjoyed her dad's funny rhymes and made-up songs.
Janet has been published in Jimmy Buffett’s Coconut Telegraph; was a featured poet in Lucidity, Houston Texas; Trouvere Company Writer’s Gazette Newsletter; The Blount Countian Newspaper; Kota Press and Kudzu Monthly internet Journals. Janet was chosen for an interview in the monthly internet magazine, Poetry Life and Times. Two of Janet’s poems were selected for the book, Cosmic Brownies, which included work by well known author, teacher and actress, Maya Angelou.