“My paintings are simply a dialog with myself in an effort to understand things. Those things can be as basic as the relationships of color or form, or as complex as those of human affairs. Sometimes I think I am just inches too short to see over a wall, on the other side of which everything is revealed. Painting is my ladder.”
Reviewing her work in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, critic Marty Fugate wrote “Jana Millstone’s storybook surrealism is as compelling as ever.”
Millstone’s work has been shown in art galleries, museums, and important juried exhibitions around the country. Winner of numerous awards including the New York Society of Illustrator’s first prize scholarship and most recently, Florida’s Finest statewide competition. She tackles themes of social gravity with thoughtful and unique approaches. She works on more than one series at a time, each with a unique stylistic approach that is dictated by subject matter.
VEIL series: These works consider the plight of women living under oppressive fundamentalist regimes. They explore issues of enlightenment, tolerance and freewill, using the dual face of the veil as a visual metaphor for multiple perspectives.
FABLES FOR OUR TIMES series: These, often humorous narrative works invert traditional relationships and test notions of power and memory. Utilizing the intimacy of children and families metaphorically these novel dimensional works grapple with larger social issues.
GARDEN SHADOWS series: Jana writes: “These are prayers for cushioning. I am layering human forms in atmospheric gardens, yearning for integration with a natural world that is now under siege and wishing for a lush calm to settle over it all.”
Born in New York City, she earned a BFA from Pratt Institute with additional studies at the Art Students League, Parsons School of Design, and FIT. She moved to Sarasota from the Lancaster, PA area where she exhibited widely, receiving awards and invitational participation in a traveling exhibit with the Susquehanna Art Museum. Sarasota has given her the opportunity to be part of the rich cultural fabric of the city.
Although she viewed much of her professional career in product design and development as time that separated her from her art, she now recognizes how much it has contributed to it. Working for prestigious fashion, jewelry and home furnishing companies, she ultimately served as Director of Design Concept at Lenox China. This gave her invaluable exposure to multiple technologies and processes. Such experiences have helped enrich her art practice today, making her convinced that there is a way to achieve any vision.
Please visit her website: www.janamillstone.com