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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Happy as a Clam I
Acrylic Painting

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

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

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Dancing Grass and Dogwoods
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nate's Land 8
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Nate's Land 2
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Nate's Land 6
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Nate's Land 10
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Route 66 West
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Route 66 East
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Blue Bayou #2
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Singin' in the Rain
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Some Like It Hot
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Sunny with a Chance of Sand
Acrylic Paintings

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Just Breathe
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Be Still My Beating Heart
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Dog Days of Summer
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
Partly Cloudy
Serigraph Print

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Shenanigans
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Sittin' on the Dock
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
A Bubble Off Plumb
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Don't Rain on my Parade
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Going with the Flow
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Still Waters Run Deep
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Spring Blessings
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Milkweeds
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Sweet Solitude
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Aqua Breezes
Acrylic Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Watching for Trilliums
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Spring Thaw
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Sunday Morning Stroll
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Shoreline Serenade
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Spring Whisper
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Seeing Your Breath
Mixed-Media Painting

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

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

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Walk with Me My Love
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land 5
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Old Indian Road 3
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land 15
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land #3
Mixed-Media Wall Art

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Winter Solitude
Mixed-Media Painting

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

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

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Old Indian Road 1
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land #9
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jan Jahnke
$ 1,500
Nates Land 19
Mixed-Media Painting

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