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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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Hillside Picnic
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
Milkweeds
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
After the Showers
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
Driving on County A
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Aqua Breezes
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Sweet Solitude
Acrylic Painting
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Spring Thaw
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Watching for Trilliums
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Sunday Morning Stroll
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Spring Whisper
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Shoreline Serenade
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land #9
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land #3
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Under the Marsh Willows
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
The Sound of Snow
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Seeing Your Breath
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Pond on County S
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land #15
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land #19
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Winter Solitude
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Walk with Me My Love
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Old Indian Road #1
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land #5
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
North on County S
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Old Indian Road #3
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
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