Janna’s favourite past time is observing people from all walks of life and the animals that inhabit her world.
She started her career as a sculptor early in life. After completing a degree in Fine Art she built a career-making clay sculptures and teaching the construction techniques which she developed during her early years of working in clay.
With an interest in wildlife, Janna co-founded the Queensland Wildlife Art Society in 1981. Though clay is her favoured medium sculptures are also cast bronze and aluminium or formed in steel such as the Public Art sculpture ‘Herd of Cows’ by the Obi Obi Bridge, Maleny.
Janna also enjoys working with the human form, capturing its essence, studying its expressions and reveals this in a variety of styles. She also is a competent clay portrait artist with ages of her subjects being between 6 weeks to 90 years. Public commission includes portrait relief of Jill Jordan inserted in the seat outside Maleny Credit Union.
Janna’s enthusiasm for clay as a sculptural medium is shared through the many workshops during the year both in her studio in Curramore and throughout Queensland. She has also worked with community groups creating specific pieces for their local area. One such local project is the clay tile inserts outside the entrance to the Community Centre, Maleny.
Her love of art, sculpture and teaching has led her to take groups overseas to Italy and more recently, Janna takes groups on Creative Journeys to Morocco where her groups either participate with or observe the artisans in their craft developing a unique cross-cultural experience for all involved.
Janna continues to enjoy sculpture, teaching and travelling and is proud to be part of Maleny Art Direct.