Janice Yvonne Kennedy was born fourth of six children the year 1941 in Harbins Community, Georgia, thirty-five miles northeast of Norcross, Georgia. Until the age of fifteen, she worked in the fields as a sharecropper. Janice never went past the ninth grade. Her dad made her stay home to work in the fields. By the age of ten, Janice could pick one hundred pounds of cotton a day. She now lives in Georgia with her second husband.
Janice Yvonne is a self-taught artist and born-again Christian. When she starts a painting, she asks, “Lord, what would you have me paint today?”
Janice Yvonne loves to make a nothing into something that hopefully someone would find a smile through. She has made quilts, painted furniture, floral arrangements, and loofah sponge dolls. What she loves most is painting with acrylics on Bristol board. She paints on her kitchen table when sunlight permits. She has been known to turn her paintings upside down to get the best effect. Janice is physically challenged. Her artwork allows a creative outlet for her life experiences.