Jan Avellana is an artist and writer born in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Her first art-love as a kid, was writing. She fell headlong into stories like "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith and "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle. Picture books written and illustrated for children are among her all time favourite stories, and she is continually inspired by many different genres of writing, from poetry to novels and essays.
Much later, Jan‘s interest in writing helped her discover black and white photography, which led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Over the years she has discovered the depths of her passion for artmaking of all kinds – encaustic, clay, painting, printmaking, Japanese paper making and illustration. Her current art-loves are gouache, digital illustration and writing.
In 2014, Uppercase Magazine featured Jan‘s artwork on the cover of their Surface Pattern Design Guide, and she thrice placed in Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search Top 50 Semi-Finalists (2013, 2014, 2015). Her studio and artwork have been published in Northlight Press’ “Inside the Creative Studio” as well as in various Somerset Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors publications. In the summer of 2015, she held her first solo exhibition featuring a collection of personal essays and photographs reflecting on the hospice care experience of both parents in the same season.
Today, Jan still lives on Oahu with her husband Steve, her two sons Seth and Cody, and one very timid and neurotic kitten named Momo.”
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