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Janell James is a prolific and talented painter whose passion for artmaking has its roots in her earliest childhood memories. At the age of seventeen, painter Janell James engaged in study under one of Utah’s premier painters, Connie Borup. “Connie was a wonderfully, amazing teacher with such generosity in sharing her art method. She was such an inspiration that I even tracked her down once I started attending the University of Utah. After college I followed her to Sun Valley, ID for one of her workshops and I plan to join her in a plein air painting workshop in France one day. Connie has paved the way for me in recognizing a valuable teacher when I come across one and so far I have been lucky to work with several amazing painters.” For the past three years, Janell has been hard at work focusing her talents on the Classical Atelier approach, under the tutelage of some of the best artists of Utah, New York and France. Recently, Janell completed an intensive six-month Artist in Residency program at the Bay Area Classical Artists Atelier in Belmont (BACAA), CA. (http://www.bacaa.org/) Three months of her study was under the tutelage of Ted Seth Jacobs (http://www.tedsethjacobs.com/) focusing on drawing the human form and portrait with nothing other than natural, north facing light akin to the methods of the old Masters. The remaining three months focused on painting the portrait in all its complexity. BACAA opened up another fortunate opportunity for Janell to study drawing and