Janell grew up in a small rural town in the northwestern United States, the youngest in a family who loved gardening, music and the outdoors.  As a teen she sold her violin to buy her first camera and took painting lessons from a local artist.  She received a Bachelor’s in Art from Southern Oregon State College and then re-located to Los Angeles. Shortly after, she met her husband and they made their home at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. 

Her love of the intimacy of the human face drew her to portraiture.  She works in a variety of mediums, with acrylic on canvas being her medium of choice for the past five years.  She is inspired by the beautiful garden that surrounds her studio, the forests and memories of her childhood, femininity, and the relationship between humans and animals. Her most recent series, "Wildish Spirits,” brings a sense of child-like wonder to her contemporary imaginative pieces.

 Artist Statement
“A world of radiant enchantment merged with the lush details of the forest inspires me to create. Childlike memories of magical beings float through the landscape of my mind.  I explore intertwining the feminine, wildish spirits that fill the pages of my journal with the visions that come from my brush.  Their dance calls to me; therefore, I continue to paint.”



BFA with concentration in Painting and Photography, Southern Oregon State College, 1984


2016   Open Studios Art Tour, Altadena/Pasadena, CA

2016   Evening of Art, Group Exhibition, Art Space Gallery, Altadena, CA

2015   Open Studios Art Tour, Altadena/Pasadena
2015   Spring Fairies, Group Exhibition, Hoopla, Altadena CA
2014   Open Studios Art Tour, Altadena/Pasadena, CA,

2014   Elements, Two Person Exhibition, Alhambra City Hall Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2014   Montrose Art Walk, Summer and Fall Exhibit, Montrose, CA
2014   Solo Exhibit, First United Methodist Church Fine Arts Program, Pasadena, CA
2014   Solo Exhibition, Zephyr Coffee House and Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2013   Montrose Art Walk, Spring Exhibit, Montrose, CA
2012   BUD, Solo Exhibit and Book Signing, Bruggemeyer Library, Monterey Park, CA
2011   BUD, Exhibition and Book Signing, Altadena CA
2011   Water and Trees, Group Exhibit, Alhambra City Hall Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2010   Trees R Us, Group Exhibit, Neon Venus Gallery, Hollywood, CA
2009   Featured Artist, ArtNight, Pasadena, CA
2008   Solo Exhibition, Alhambra City Hall Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2008   Altadena Home Tour, Altadena, CA
2005   Manga, Exhibition, Group Exhibit with students, Pasadena Library, Pasadena, CA
1984   Mannequin, Solo Exhibition, Jacksonville Historical Museum, Jacksonville, OR
1984   Solo Exhibition, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR


Guest Lecturer

Lecture/Presentation/Critique, Pasadena City College, 2009

Lecture, Pasadena City College, 2008

Guest Speaking

Speaker, Bruggemeyer Library, Monterey Park, CA, April 1, 2012

Speaker, Literacy Luncheon, Pasadena CA, February, 2012

Speaker/Critique, Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley, July, 2007

Speaker/Exhibition, San Fernando Valley Professional Photographers, October, 2005

Authored Publications

BUD, A Collection of Floral and Baby Art. Published book, 2011


Cindy Costales Interview, MPK-TV, Monterey Park, CA, April 3, 2012


Print Media

Colleen Commentz,“Art From Above and Beyond”, Around Alhambra, November, 2014

Around Alhambra, Exhibition announcement, bio and photograph, Spring, 2011

Anne Marie Johnson, “From Bloomers to Boardroom,” California Federation of BPW, 2010

Around Alhambra, Exhibition Press Release and Photograph, August, 2008

Studio Photography Magazine, “Peer 2 Peer”, June, 2008

Wet Set Gazette, Photograph Vol.8, August, 2007

Cover,Wet Set Gazette, Vol.1, January, 2005

Cover,Wet Set Gazette, Vol. 2, February, 2004

Cover,Wet Set Gazette, Vol. 10, October, 2003

Article and Bio, BPW, Business Life Magazine, September, 2004

Bend Tidings, Press release and photographs, Bend, OR, 1985

Ashland Tidings, Press release for Exhibit, Ashland, OR 1984

Medford Mail Tribune,Photography, Medford, OR 1984

Ashland Tidings, Photography, Ashland, OR 1984

The Britt Festival, Photography, Jacksonville, OR 1984

KSOR Radio, Guide to the Arts, Photography, Ashland, OR, 1984

Senior Ventures, Original artwork and Illustrations, Ashland, OR 1982-1984

Online Periodicals and Blogs

Bob McClinton, The Orange Cat, Workshop Announcements, 2015, 2016

Lori Webster, “Springtime Hoopla, Hoopla Emporium Blog, April 24, 2015

Elizabeth Melton Parsons Blog,“Artist Spotlight”,February 6, 2015

Pasadena Now, Exhibition Announcement and Photograph, March 14,2014

Pasadena Public Library, Teen Blog, Workshop Announcements, Pasadena, CA, 2014

EGP News, Speaking and Exhibit announcement, March 30, 2012

San Marino Patch, Art Workshop announcement and photograph, San Marino, CA, 2012

Selected Workshops

Calligraphy and Hand Lettering, Hill Branch Library, Pasadena, August, 2016

Teen Bird and House Painting, Pasadena, July, 2016

Teen Arrow Painting, Pasadena, July 2016

Teen and Children’s Fairy Art Gardens, Pasadena, June- July 2016

Teen Sports Ball Painting, Pasadena, June, 2016

Mother and Daughter Jewelry, Hill Library, Pasadena, May, 2016

Contemporary Tree Painting, Pasadena, CA, April, 2016

Teen Jewelry Design, May, 2016

Mixed Medium Miniature Book, March, 2016

Teen Bracelet Design, February, 2016

Artistic Holiday Gift Tags, December, 2015

Teen Art Necklace, Alhambra Library, January, 2015

Zombie Manga Drawing and Inking, Pasadena Public Library, October 2014

Stylized Cityscapes, Mixed Medium Workshop with Adults, Pasadena, CA, July, 2014

Dot Painting on Australian Tree Bark, Pasadena, CA, July, 2014

Teen Steampunk Necklace Design, Pasadena, August, 2013

Teen Steampunk Jewelry, Alhambra, CA, July, 2013

Painting T-shirts, Teen Workshop, Hastings Library, Pasadena, CA, June, 2013

Manga/Anime Drawing and Inking, Pasadena, July, 2012

Australian Dot Painting on tree Bark, July, 2012

Manga/Anime Art Drawing and Inking, Alhambra, CA, June 2012

Manga/Anime Art Drawing and Inking, Crowell library, San Marino, CA, 2012

Art Jewelry – Create a Bracelet, Belles Nest, Sierra Madre, CA, June 2012

Art Jewelry, Create a pair of Earrings, Sierra Madre, CA, May 2012

Manga/Anime Art Drawing and Inking, Belles Nest, Sierra Madre, CA March 2012

Art Jewelry with Teens, Belles Nest, Sierra Madre, CA, February, 2012

Beginning Jewelry Design, Adult Workshop, Sierra Madre, CA, September-November, 2011

Photography Week long Workshop with Teens, Pasadena CA, August, 2011

Wire and Mixed Medium Week long Workshop, Pasadena, CA July 2011

Mixed Medium Jewelry Week long Workshop, Pasadena, CA, July 2011

Photography Week long Workshop with Teens, Pasadena CA, July, 2011

Manga/Anime Drawing week long Workshop with Teens, San Marino, CA, June 2011

Around the World of Art Week Long Workshop with Teens, Pasadena, CA, June 2011

Jewelry Design Week long Workshop with Teens, San Marino, CA, June 2011

Expressive Painting with Pastels, (Adults), San Marino, CA, June 2011