FMU to feature paintings by Jeanne Barnes, Jan. 10-March 9
FLORENCE, S.C. – NASCAR paintings by Florence native Jeanne Barnes will be on display as part of Francis Marion University’s Art Gallery Series, Jan. 10 through March 9.
The exhibits are open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Smith University Center gallery.
Barnes began painting at the age of 12. Twelve miles from the famed Darlington Raceway, she also grew up hearing the sound of the engines at top speed. The circus-like atmosphere, the crowds, the excitement – these all stayed in her subconscious.
For 14 years, twice a year, she was in the thick of racing, working in the Press Credential Office at Darlington Raceway. Everyone in the racing community passed through the doors of this office, introducing her to her new clients and a new world. Thus began her art career combined with NASCAR racing.
Barnes’ love for the human form in portraiture flowed into racing. Portraits of NASCAR drivers and their families, car owners, and corporate heads were a natural progression.
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