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Jan Jahnke

"An intuitive interpretation of nature, rather than a realistic rendering, best describes my approach to making art. I like to give the viewer the fun of a little mystery and personal connection rather than any clear-cut answers."

Jan Jahnke grew up with a passion for making art. Even as a child, she was always in trouble for her "lipstick paintings" and "peanut butter drawings." Growing up on her grandparents' farm, she formed an appreciation for nature, with all its colors, textures, and patterns. Her love of beauty and art led her to explore materials and techniques, and her connection between nature, paint, and emotion was born.

Strong compositions with rich surfaces and highly detailed textures are a trademark of Jahnke's work. She applies multiple layers of ink—both transparent and opaque—then edits them and applies more. Stenciled areas are highlighted with a combination of materials that may include pencil, crayon, watercolor, and metallic inks. She continues this process of spontaneity and editing until the piece reveals her love of nature to the viewer.

Jan Jahnke graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) with a BFA in printmaking. After graduation, she taught screenprinting at MIAD for 10 years. She has participated in more than 100 juried art fairs and 40 national exhibitions, and has won several awards. She has a studio in Shorewood, Wisconsin, and continues to paint and experiment with new techniques.

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Spirit Shield A17
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,500
Spirit Shield A15
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,500
Spirit Shield A9
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,500
Spirit Shield A10
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
Spirit Shield A5
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
Spirit Shield A8
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
Spirit Shield A6
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
Autumn Bliss
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
A Magical Walk
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,600
A Place to Gaze
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,800
Kittywampus
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
Nights in White Satin II
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Puddle Dancing
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
What Goes Around
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
Your Secret Garden II
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Nights in White Satin I
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Running With Wine
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
Nights in White Satin IV
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Pretty in Pink
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Sunbeam on County S
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
Your Secret Garden I
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Summer Song II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,900
Autumn Solitude
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,200
Winter Light II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,200
My Special Place
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Happy as a Clam II
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,500
Happy as a Clam I
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,500
Look on the Bright Side
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,800
Nate's Land II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Nate's Land VIII
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,750
Dancing Grass and Dogwoods
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Nate's Land X
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,750
Route 66 West
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Singin' in the Rain
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Just Breathe
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Partly Cloudy
Serigraph Print

$ 1,500
Sittin' on the Dock
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Shenanigans
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Going with the Flow
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Don't Rain on my Parade
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Still Waters Run Deep
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
Spring Blessings
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Milkweeds
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
Sweet Solitude
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
Aqua Breezes
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
Spring Thaw
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Watching for Trilliums
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Sunday Morning Stroll
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Shoreline Serenade
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Spring Whisper
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Winter Solitude
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
The Sound of Snow
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Pond on County S
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Nates Land XV
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Nates Land V
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Seeing Your Breath
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Under the Marsh Willows
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Old Indian Road I
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
North on County S
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Nates Land III
Mixed-Media Wall Art

$ 1,500
Nates Land XIX
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Old Indian Road III
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Nates Land IX
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
TOTAL PRINT, Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth, Wisconsin, 2013
ART and Jazz, Cedarburg Art Center, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, 2013
FRESH IMPRESSIONS, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin, 2014
ANNUAL FALL CELEBRATION, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2014
MEMBERS EXHIBIT, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin, 2014