Jana L. Farris is a graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science (BFA with teacher certification) with a concentration in Drawing. During her time at MU, she was able to study abroad in Pont-Aven, France- the location of an avant-garde art movement (she studied Art History in Paul Gauguin’s apartment!) through Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  

She was born in Wisconsin, and currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children, and two kitties. By day, her passion is teaching and art, but by night, you will find her with a good book in hand. She loves everything vintage, visiting art museums, musicals, and cats (but not Cats! The Musical). 


Throughout my artistic journey, I've embraced the profound symbolism of both flowers and skulls, employing them as potent metaphors to explore the intricate facets of existence. Through my art, I delve into the juxtaposition of life's fragility and resilience, capturing the essence of human experience amidst the ever-changing tapestry of emotions and transitions.

The delicate petals of flowers represent the ephemeral beauty and fleeting moments of joy, echoing the transient nature of life itself. Yet, intertwined with these blooms, the stark imagery of skulls emerges, serving as a poignant reminder of mortality and the impermanence that underscores our existence. In this union of contrasting symbols, I seek to evoke contemplation on the brevity and preciousness of life, inviting viewers to confront their own mortality, to contemplate the beauty and fragility of life, while also celebrating the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love to transcend even the darkest of moments.

Central to my artistic narrative is the motif of the mid-life crisis, a period of introspection and existential questioning. I explore the turmoil and uncertainty inherent in this phase of life, while also celebrating the potential for rebirth and renewal. Just as a withered flower can bloom anew with the nourishment of water and sunlight, so too can the human spirit find rejuvenation and purpose, often catalyzed by unexpected encounters and connections. As I experienced a profound rebirth at the meeting of my spouse; a transformative moment where love, constant support, and Christ, helped me to find the courage to confront my fears, embrace vulnerability, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. In this sense, my art serves as a testament to the transformative power of love, illustrating how even in the darkest of times, new beginnings and opportunities for growth can emerge.