The Yarnell School of Fine Art was founded by artist Joseph "Jerry" Yarnell in 2010. The school is a 24/7 online teaching website with videos and more by the artist. Previously, Yarnell had a TV show called "Jerry Yarnell School of Fine Art," where he recorded instructional art lessons.
Yarnell begin his artistic career at a young age, winning two scholarships to the Philbrook Art Center in Oklahoma while still in high school. However, Yarnell objected to the first class lesson, which involved painting nude models. He left the school and began teaching art at the age of 19. By 21 he was traveling around the Midwest teaching regular workshops. During this time he learned to speak and paint at the same time, which led to his career in television.
His first show was "The Inspiration of Painting" in the 1980s. His TV career was briefly interrupted with a cancer diagnosis in the 1990s. In 2009, he stopped promoting his TV shows and began a new venture including the online Yarnell School of Fine Art and another TV show called "Paint This with Jerry Yarnell." The school offers workshops, an online store, class descriptions and information about Yarnell and his art.