Jana Hanavan

Hello, I’m Jana! I’m an expressive watercolor artist. Watercolor is my treasure trove of discovery and alchemy. Watercolor is an alluring medium; I love the transparency, luminosity, portability, and foremost, the fluidity of watercolor. Painting with watercolor is like a partner dance, we are in sync dancing to the same rhythm and beat, but also allow each other our own personal space to move. It’s magical and captivating how colors merge with one another, and a blank page comes alive.

I unapologetically paint the feminine: awe-inspiring beauty — flowers, foliage, seasonality, adornment, a theater of dreams with flourishes of fantasy. Observing nature is a continual source of solace, vitality and gratitude. And on the flip side of loveliness, I don’t shy away from painting the ugly, dark, undercurrents of loss and pain. I paint the full chromatic spectrum; from the glorious, featherlight, palace of wonder to the heavy, hidden depths of despair from our wounds. The journey between duality, the Yin & Yang, the Beauty & the Beast, the universal complexity of life. Exploring a world of emotions that connect us.

I believe in the power of transformation and I’m fascinated with metamorphosis. May a kaleidoscope of butterflies always surround you.