Artist feature - Jan Avellana Sep 12 2016

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Recently Advocate signed a slew of new talented artists, and Hawaiian artist Jan Avellana is among them! Jan's work features a delightful and distinctive colour palette as well as sweet, naive characters which is why she's a great greeting card artist. Below she describes her own experience and above you'll see a selection of her illustrations; to see more visit her Advocate portfolio.

"Hello! My name is Jan Avellana, and I'm an artist and writer born in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. My first art-love as a kid, was writing. I 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 my all time favorite stories, and I am continually inspired by many different genres of writing, from poetry to, novels and essays.

Much later, my interest in writing helped me discover black and white photography (back when we rolled our own film!) which led to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Over the years I’ve discovered the depths of my passion for artmaking of all kinds--encaustic, clay, painting, printmaking, Japanese paper making and illustration. My current art-loves are gouache, digital illustration and yes, writing.

In 2014, Uppercase Magazine featured my artwork on the cover of their Surface Pattern Design Guide, and I thrice placed in Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search Top 50 Semi-Finalists (2013, 2014, 2015). My 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, I held my 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, I still live on Oahu with my husband Steve, my two sons Seth and Cody, and one very timid and neurotic kitten named Momo.”