John Barrett grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana. He has served on staff at churches in Indiana, Tennessee and Oklahoma. John is a gifted speaker, musician, writer, blogger, pastor, leadership coach, husband, father, and ARTIST.
I became interested in art as an adult. I never enjoyed painting until that point. It seemed, "too hard to get the brush to do what it was supposed to do". But one day my wife and I came across an old VHS tape called, "The Joy of Painting" by Bob Ross, and it changed our perspectives forever.
I heard Bob say over and over again, "anyone can do this at home." After about the 4th episode I bought into this idea! By the last episode I was ready to paint. Excitement got the best of me and I made a late not shopping trip to purchase some inexpensive acrylic paint and tiny craft brushes. I was ready to go!....or so I thought. I made the absolute worst painting I had ever seen in my life, followed by a few more of the same caliber (see paintings 1 and 2 below). Remembering Bob's words and not wanting to give up, I decided that if I could just get the right tools for the job I could have a real shot at this. And I did. Soon after that evening I invested in all of these tools. Proper paints, brushes, canvases, etc...... What a difference this made! I guess the right tools really do matter. I was able to create something that I was really proud of (see painting 3 below).
So began my journey into the world of art.....and of teaching art. Every time friends would visit I would take them out into my "studio" and make invite them to paint a picture. My excitement for my new hobby was too much to keep all to myself. I would walk them through the steps and techniques with fantastic results. My friends would be shocked that they could create something like they did without ever having painted before, and I loved to see their glow. Since that time I have begun teaching classes and developing videos to help people become the artists they've always wanted to be. If I can do it, you can too, trust me! Let me help you get the right tools for your journey into the world of art! Thanks for visiting my online studio.