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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 A9
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
$ 960
Spirit Shield A5
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
$ 960
Spirit Shield A10
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
$ 960
Spirit Shield A6
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
$ 960
Spirit Shield A8
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
$ 960
Autumn Bliss
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Language of Leaves
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
A Magical Walk
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,600
$ 1,280
A Place to Gaze
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,800
$ 2,240
Running With Wine
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Your Secret Garden II
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Nights in White Satin IV
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
What Goes Around
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Your Secret Garden I
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Nights in White Satin III
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Sunbeam on County S
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Puddle Dancing
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Pretty in Pink
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Kittywampus
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Nights in White Satin I
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Nights in White Satin II
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Summer Song II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,520
Autumn Solitude
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,200
$ 960
Winter Light II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,200
$ 960
My Special Place
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Happy as a Clam II
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,500
$ 2,000
Happy as a Clam I
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,500
$ 2,000
Look on the Bright Side
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Nate's Land 8
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,750
$ 1,400
Nate's Land 2
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Nate's Land 10
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,750
$ 1,400
Dancing Grass and Dogwoods
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Route 66 West
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Singin' in the Rain
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Sunny with a Chance of Sand
Acrylic Paintings

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Just Breathe
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Be Still My Beating Heart
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Dog Days of Summer
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,750
$ 1,400
Dance of the Dragonflies
Serigraph Print

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Partly Cloudy
Serigraph Print

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Sittin' on the Dock
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Shenanigans
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Going with the Flow
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Still Waters Run Deep
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Don't Rain on my Parade
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,440
Spring Blessings
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Milkweeds
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Aqua Breezes
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Sweet Solitude
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Spring Thaw
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Watching for Trilliums
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Sunday Morning Stroll
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Spring Whisper
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Shoreline Serenade
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Old Indian Road 3
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Nates Land 15
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
North on County S
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Nates Land #9
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Nates Land 5
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Nates Land 19
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
The Sound of Snow
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Nates Land #3
Mixed-Media Wall Art

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Winter Solitude
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Pond on County S
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Old Indian Road 1
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Under the Marsh Willows
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Seeing Your Breath
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
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