Jeanne was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has always been passionate about art, even as a small child. She attended the Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Drama and Music school (now called the National School of the Arts) and went on to study fine art at Technikon Pretoria, majoring in Painting.
She was taking evening classes in jewellery making whilst studying, when she was offered an apprenticeship in jewellery manufacture at a well-known firm, which Jeanne jumped at. She went on to complete a 5 year certificate in Precious Metal Working and Mounting and has won 10 awards in Jewellery design, including prestigious awards from de Beers and Anglogold. A high point was when she was commissioned by de Beers to manufacture their Forevermark showpiece, a necklace consisting of multiple strelitzias in 18ct gold, with a 6 carat white centre diamond.
In 2008 she moved to Australia with her family, first to Dunsborough, and then to Kununurra, WA, where she worked full time as manager and jewellery designer at a high end jewellery store. She continued to paint in her spare time, and her paintings were accepted into Lovell Gallery, now Artopia Gallery. Making the move to Kununurra was a turning point for her and her art, she changed her style completely and demand for her work began to increase to the point where she had to make a major career decision.
In 2016, she resigned from her role as manager at the jewellery store to become a full-time artist.
The Kimberley region continues to inspire her, it’s breathtaking beauty has taken her on a magical journey of inspiration and creativity. Her work is in collections in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, all across Australia and in South Africa.
Her favourite subjects include the Kimberley region of Western Australia, boab trees, people, flowers, cattle and other wildlife. Her paintings are mainly watercolours, and feature gold leaf, silver leaf, ochres and real rough diamonds.
Her paintings are on permanent display at Artopia Gallery, Kununurra, WA, Her work is also featured on the online art store, Outback Creative.
- ● 2016 Highly commended Kimberley Art Prize
- ● 2016 Finalist Hedland Art awards
- ● 2016 Highly commended Knox Art Show
- ● 2013 1st prize ‘Kimberley Colours’ Postcard Art CompetitionExhibitions2009 – Solo Exhibition at Lovell Gallery Kununurra, WA
2014 – Solo Exhibition at Artopia Gallery Kununurra WA
2015 – Joint exhibition with Jan Parish – Artopia Gallery Kununurra WA 2017 – Solo Exhibition at Artopia Gallery Kununurra WA
2017/2018 Solo Exhibition at Will’s Domain Yallingup, WA
2019 Solo Exhibition at Artopia Gallery Kununurra, WA
Spirit of Purnululu – Jeanne Barnes$5,600.00
Flight amongst the Boabs – Jeanne Barnes$1,900.00
Dust Storm – Jeanne Barnes$1,500.00
2 Generations – Jeanne Barnes$5,300.00
Where the Brolgas Meander – Jeanne Barnes$690.00
Flight – Jeanne Barnes$690.00
Meander through the shallows – Jeanne Barnes$690.00
Flight along the Ord – Jeanne Barnes$1,300.00