Janene has been affiliated with STUDIO 395 for 6 years and is currently working with them on a volunteer basis. She lives in Winchester, CA originally coming from her hometown of Anaheim, CA. She graduated from Loara High School where she was fortunate to have had electives that gave her an opportunity to learn and grow in the arts; she had classes in Auto Shop, Leather shop, Lost Wax Jewelry Design, Sculpture, Sewing and Life Drawing. The main ingredient to this was that the same instructor, Mr. Tracy, taught all these classes and inspired and allowed each student to think and feel without judgement. This freedom gave her confidence and a hunger to learn as much as she could. Once out of high school, she continued Jewelry Design classes at Mt. San Jacinto for 5 years.
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Because of her passion for art, she has worked in areas of her career that express that including a Jewelry company for 8 years doing jewelry and floor displays for Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland, and Universal Studios. This led to additional work with the merchandising department of Knott’s Berry Farm doing window displays.
She owned and directed a preschool in Lake Elsinore for 15 years and this is where she began to master the art of creative bulletin board displays. The 17 bulletin boards in the building always reflected a thematic scene that continuously changed. Although this was timely and costly, she would also find a way to help other schools in the area.
Finding STUDIO 395 has taught her to explore with large-scale paper Mache, creating creatures out of thrift store Afghans, which she calls "afghanimals," and, generally, how to take trash and junk and create art. Janene sees art in EVERYTHING and says, "If it’s good for the soul, it’s good for me." Janene has contributed to this project with a large-scale acrylic paint pour and a whimsical scene of her “tubie” creations out in nature.
Janene can be reached through STUDIO 395 at email@example.com