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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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Language of Leaves
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Autumn Bliss
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
A Magical Walk
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,600
$ 1,360
A Place to Gaze
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Running With Wine
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
What Goes Around
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Sunbeam on County S
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Pretty in Pink
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Nights in White Satin II
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Puddle Dancing
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Your Secret Garden I
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Nights in White Satin III
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Kittywampus
Acrylic & Watercolor Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Your Secret Garden II
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Nights in White Satin IV
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Nights in White Satin I
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Summer Song II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Autumn Solitude
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Winter Light II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
My Special Place
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Happy as a Clam I
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Happy as a Clam II
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Look on the Bright Side
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Dancing Grass and Dogwoods
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nate's Land 2
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nate's Land 10
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Nate's Land 8
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Route 66 East
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Route 66 West
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Singin' in the Rain
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Sunny with a Chance of Sand
Acrylic Paintings

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Just Breathe
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Be Still My Beating Heart
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Dog Days of Summer
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Partly Cloudy
Serigraph Print

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Dance of the Dragonflies
Serigraph Print

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Sittin' on the Dock
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Shenanigans
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Don't Rain on my Parade
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Still Waters Run Deep
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Going with the Flow
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Spring Blessings
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Milkweeds
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Aqua Breezes
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Sweet Solitude
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Spring Thaw
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Watching for Trilliums
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Sunday Morning Stroll
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Spring Whisper
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Shoreline Serenade
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
The Sound of Snow
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Old Indian Road 1
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land 15
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land #9
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land #3
Mixed-Media Wall Art

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Seeing Your Breath
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Under the Marsh Willows
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Old Indian Road 3
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Winter Solitude
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land 19
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Pond on County S
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land 5
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
North on County S
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
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