Artist Profile

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Jana Grover

Vallejo, CA

I stumbled into art late in life. It was a fortuitous accident and I realize that it is where I have always belonged. I like the life, I like hanging with other artists, and mostly, I love having found a venue where I can convey feelings that have been inside me since childhood.
I make art about out emotional lives----feelings that cross demographic borders and touch experiences that we all share. I am naturally inclined to communicate about burdens, disappointments, and heartaches. At other times I like to take jabs at social injustices and worldwide political delusions. Often the work is powerful and may not go with your couch!
And even I need comic relief. Sometimes I will paint something fun that has a humorous slant on human conditions or icons. Also I like painting contemporary portrayals of animals and birds—especially crows and ravens as they have been important in my family mythology for generations.
My style is contemporary and expressionist. I usually paint with high quality acrylics as I like to work quickly. Sometimes I attach objects or other art materials to my work.
I also like printing monotypes as they are free in style and basically anther form of painting. Currently I am experimenting with encaustics. In the past I have exhibited some installations. I think that it is a great art form and I would like to experiment more with installation art.

Sometimes I think that doing art has saved my life.

After teaching high school PE and Special Education in Northern California for 31 years, I accidentally stumbled into making art. For several years I studied with Elaine Badgely Arnoux. Over the next several years, I continued to study, taking many classes at UC extension and with teachers in New Mexico where I spend a lot of time. I belonged to a community of artists sharing a large studio building in SOMA in San Francisco. For 25 years I co-managed the building of 40 artists. In late 2015, due to San Francisco's new obsession with greed, we lost the warehouse building. A bit later I moved to Vallejo and obtained a studio in the Arts Benicia Arsenal building where I have resumed making art.

My Artwork

Children of War

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My Mom Burns the School House Down

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Beside Herself with Melancholy

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San Francisco Commits Suicide

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A Sad and Terrible Thing

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