Jan Hashi Portfolio
Kauai artist and gallery owner, Jan Hashi started pursuing her art passion
in her teens. Growing up in Arizona she had a lot of influential exposure to
wonderful artists. With the world class galleries of Scottsdale and Sedona
close by the inspiration was always close at hand. Jan’s 20’s and 30’s,
were a whirlwind of marriage, raising a son and honing her craft as a
kitchen designer. By necessity, time for her art was reduced substantially,
but not completely. She continued to work with oils. Her style leaning
mostly toward detailed realism.
However, her passion for art was not to be denied and once her lifestyle relaxed a bit she met, and agreed to sign up for classes taught by an influential art instructor named Lu Bellamak. At this time, Jan was in her early 40’s and more fully embracing different styles and influences in her art. Lu became not only a wonderful art influence but a dear friend as well. She encouraged Jan to paint “big, loose and from the soul”. At the heart of Jan’s style is an adventurous,
almost curious, desire to experiment and try new things. The fact that Jan’s art mediums include oil, acrylic, watercolor resin and encaustics as well as her versatility between abstract, impressionistic and realism are testimony to the style that is uniquely Jan’s. As you move through the gallery and see more of Jan’s works, the versatility as well as proficiency is quite apparent.
The latest chapters (since 2011) have been on the island of Kauai. Since moving here many of Jan’s dreams have been realized. She has become a admired local artist, opened an art gallery and met, and married the man she had been hoping for, Steve. Living in a lush, beautiful and quiet valley in Lawai Steve and Jan converted an old barn into the perfect art studio/ workout deck/ sauna. Even though Jan’s painting time has increased, she still dreams of retiring from interior design work and painting full time. Jan immediately, upon moving to Kauai, realized the motivational and inspirational influences of being surrounded by the world class natural beauty of the island. Whether it be pristine Polihale, the breathtaking views of Kokee or simply viewing the valley behind her house Jan has learned to capture these feelings for her many collectors. As her teacher Lu had encouraged, Jan is living her life “big and from the soul”.