My parents were both avid readers and writers by profession so I learned to love the written word very early in life. My favorite present as a child was a new box of crayons and I knew that I wanted to be an artist around age 4. In high school I started taking design and drawing classes and took my first calligraphy class. I could combine my love of words and quotations with design and color! I was forever hooked.
I went on to Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA where I majored in Graphic Communications with a minor in art. I was not able to major in Art because the head of the department thought I had no talent. Every senior art major has their own individual Art Show so I was not able to have one of those either.
I formally started my business, Jan designs, in 1979 and I am still creating and loving it 34 years later! (My business name, Jan designs, uses a small “d” because it is a verb, signifying the continual act of designing.)
What inspires me to create are words that touch my heart. I am an emotional, sensitive person. I think all artists are to some degree. Without that, we could not create. It is in our souls. And it is has been my life journey, with all the joy and pain, that has refined and shaped my art. When people read my work and my sayings, many times it evokes emotion in them. Many times they cry and tell me their stories. I have always felt that my art is not just a business but also a ministry as I listen and express my care, love and concern for them.
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