Hi! My name is Janna Perry and I want to thank you for stopping by my webpage to check it out! I am a mom to three beautiful children who grew up way too fast, wife to a wonderful, loving man for 34 years, who has the patience of Job and puts up with my pursuit of all of my "interests" and who has willfully chosen to share this wild ride with me, and YaYa to an energetic little "sparkle monkey" granddaughter.
I am from a beautiful, small, coastal town named Fairhope, which is on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay in Alabama, USA. I am only minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and my love of the water and nature surrounding me here is an innate part of my existence.
By birth, baby. I have been an artist my entire life. In third grade, my teacher framed and displayed a picture I drew of Little Boy Blue. Does anybody even remember that rhyme? I was in the Art Honor Society in high school. Then, I took a short sabbatical of only a couple of decades to raise my family. Off and on, during that time, I dabbled in art. I taught a children's summer art camp class. I took art lessons. I designed costumes for my kids. Pretty cool ones, actually.
I started an Etsy store in 2009 selling household items and accessories that I designed and made. I had a great time doing that and even had quite a bit of success. I designed quite a few unique and interesting items, which morphed into a custom-request shop offering unusual stuffed toys/gifts. I made everything from garbage cans to large replicas of breathing machines. That lead to me designing a cheeseburger backpack, similar to the one Steven Universe uses. It was a big hit with cosplayers and that was a lot of fun for me.
I landed a sweet job in 2014 as the Costume Designer for Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre, where I got the opportunity to pursue my art and costume-making with glee. I LOVED that job! I loved researching and exploring different styles and periods of fashion and I loved to use those styles and throw in my own eclectic twist on them. My favorite costumes to design were those based on animals, although lots of ruffles and layers make my heart beat faster, too.
Due to health problems, I had to step down from that position, and then almost immediately Covid-19 hit. I turned 50 that same year and I decided it was time to finally pursue my art on a full-time basis.
Water, animals, plant life, sea life, people, and everything funny. I love all creation and it is where I find my greatest inspiration. Sunsets and flowers are where I get my love of bright colors and cool shapes that spill forth across the sky everyday. I get excited when I explore my macro photography and see the beauty and mathematical symmetry in the small details of nature. I've realized my love of sparkles and glitter and crystals comes from the sparkling diamonds that glisten on the surface of water on a sunny day. Faces, all faces, interest me. And I love all things that make me laugh.
I am also inspired by the incredible talent and different styles of other artists and I learn so much from studying their beautiful work.
Mixed media art has opened up a side of me that feels free and unencumbered. With mixed media I can break all the rules and just do my thing. It can be abstract or it can be representational, or it can be a bit of both together. Along with and sometimes included in the mixed media art I do, is my love of photography. My special interest is macro photography and I am working on learning more about this field.