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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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My Special Place
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Dog Days of Summer
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Follow Your Path
Serigraph Print
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Partly Cloudy
Serigraph Print
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Dance of the Dragonflies
Serigraph Print
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
She has High Hopes
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Shenanigans
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Sittin' on the Dock
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Back in the Saddle Again
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
A Bubble Off Plumb
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Don't Cry over Spilled M...
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Whatever Floats your Boa...
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Don't Rain on my Parade
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Still Waters Run Deep
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Going with the Flow
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Spring Blessings
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Rock Hunting
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Milkweeds
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Driving on County A
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
After the Showers
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Sweet Solitude
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Aqua Breezes
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Spring Thaw
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Watching for Trilliums
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Sunday Morning Stroll
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Shoreline Serenade
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Spring Whisper
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land #3
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land #19
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Old Indian Road #3
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Seeing Your Breath
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Old Indian Road #1
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Under the Marsh Willows
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
North on County S
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land #9
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Pond on County S
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
The Sound of Snow
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land #15
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Walk with Me My Love
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Winter Solitude
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nates Land #5
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
TOTAL PRINT, Plymouth, Wisconsin, Plymouth Art Center, 2013
ART and Jazz, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Cedarburg Art Center, 2013
FRESH IMPRESSIONS, West Bend, Wisconsin, Museum of Wisconsin Art, 2014
ANNUAL FALL CELEBRATION, Grand Rapids, Michigan, LaFontsee Galleries, 2014
MEMBERS EXHIBIT, West Bend, Wisconsin, Museum of Wisconsin Art, 2014