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I’ve always been a maker. By the time I was a teenager I had dabbled in pottery, macramé, embroidery, quilt-making, painting, collage, and paper-making, and I had painted or drawn on paper, canvas, rocks, wood, fabric, metal, glass and my father’s truck.

The subject matter and styling of my art is influenced by a childhood growing up in a tiny, historic village along an old bison trail in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by folk art, homemade stuff and tons of adventures. Crumbling limestone buildings, home-canned goods, cedar-dotted pastures, and ancient superstitions were part of my every day. I spent the bulk of my childhood outside climbing trees, hiking, and tending to animals and gardens. I fished, swam and canoed on the Shenandoah River, and I never wore shoes in the summer. It was a sweet and simple life.

When I am making art I strive to blend my love for history, travel, nature and family with a dash of humor and the absurd. This recipe generates art that is quirky, fun and positive—yet familiar. My ideal projects are when I can combine travel and drawing, or eating and drawing, and most certainly when I can create make-believe worlds for young readers and dreamers of all ages.

Today I live near Washington DC with my husband and many animals. My studio is in a pre-Civil War warehouse in old-town Alexandria, Virginia, along the Potomac River. When I’m not working, I am diligently researching my family history as I am the keeper of hundreds of family photographs, handed down from mother to daughter, generation to generation. My passion for travel, reading, cooking and being outside, fill up my down time. All of these things—my past and my present, are sprinkled like sugar in my artwork. They make it richer and more honest. It is still a sweet and simple life.

You can find my graphic design work at www.janincliffdesign.com

Select Design Clients

  • The Children's Inn at the National Institute of Health

  • GAVI-The Vaccine Alliance

  • The Inter-American Development Bank

  • International Monetary Fund

  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • National Wildlife Federation

  • Panasonic Foundation

  • Pew Environment Group

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Seafood Choices Alliance

  • Smithsonian Institution

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • The Wilderness Society

  • WomenHeart

  • World Wildlife Fund

Select Illustration Clients

  • Honest History

  • The Washington Post

  • Hudson Valley Seed Company

  • Washington Lawyer

  • Psychology Today

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)