Join us in getting to know the person behind the flamboyant animal prints, what makes her tick, how she started her adventure. Meet Jana Nicole, and her beautiful melding of style, subject and substance.
Please tell us a bit about yourself, and the journey you took to become an artist.
Born and raised in the USA, I have been living in the UK for the past 20 years. I consider this my home.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawing and painting. Be it with crayons as a child, or brushes as an adult.
What helped you to get to where you are today? Are there any people, events, or experiences that encouraged you or influenced you to do what it is that you do?
I was definitely influenced and encouraged by the incredibly powerful women in my family. They themselves were artists and always encouraged me towards the arts.
What was the first piece of art that moved you? What was it about it that grabbed you?
The first piece that always fascinated me as a child, was an ivory horn carved with a group of people in it. It was displayed on a shelf and I would stand on my tiptoes to look at it. My aunt trusted me enough to hold it and I’ll never forget that feeling of the coolness, the delicate structure and peering into this artwork.
As I grew up I was drawn towards The Garden of Earthly Delight’s by Bosch. Both of these pieces are similar in the detail, and I find myself influenced by this.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Any tips for fellow artists who are having a bit of a dry spell?
Embrace the dry spell and try something new. I find that, when I have completed a flurry of work, I end up needing to recharge, which is what I would consider a dry spell. It’s the calm before the creative storm strikes again.
Where do you work best from? Do you have any habits, or a routine, that help you harness your creativity?
I’m fortunate enough to have a studio on our property. That doesn’t stop me from spreading throughout the house, on every surface. My family have learned not to throw out a single piece of paper, even if it looks like nothing … it could end up being something.
What is your current favourite piece in your own body of work? Why does it hold a special place in your heart?
My current favourite piece is whatever I just finished. Each piece is special until the next one comes along. But …
What was the latest piece of art that you bought yourself? If you could choose four pieces of work from the Artsnug collection, what would they be?
My husband just bought me a sculpture of a woman holding her son in her arms, and it is based on the Hackney riots. The artist donated the whole fee to charity. There was no way we were not buying it!!!
One of my favourite things about being an artist, and doing art shows, is being able to trade art with other artists. Not only is meeting other artists great, having a mutual respect for each other is wonderful. My collection is growing all the time. This morning an unexpected artwork showed up from a very talented street artist.
Just four pieces of work from the Artsnug collection?????? Impossible to choose!!!! Very excited to be part of the Artsnug family with an amazing group of artists.