We had the good fortune of connecting with Janna Moreau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janna, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Getting over my fear of asking for what I want. I learned that being a talented artist doesn’t mean opportunities will come knocking at my door. If I want something to happen, I have to go out and get it
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I help people transform their walls by creating unique artwork that allows them to express themselves and stand out from the crowd. On this journey, I’ve learned a lot about myself, accepting who I am, and celebrating my differences. I hope that through my art, I inspire people to do the same. When someone purchases my art, I want them to feel a connection that hopefully opens a window for them to communicate their inner self.
The technique I use for my line work is a very organic process that I’ve been perfecting for the last 3 years. Each line builds off of the one before it. When I create a painting, there is no plan, I just follow the movement of my hand and watch the line formation grow right before my eyes.
I’m fortunate enough to be represented by Westward Gallery in Denver. This partnership has taught me more about the art world and what goes into running a gallery, with the dream of one day running one myself.
I got to where I am today professionally through the help of Instagram. During covid it allowed me to share my work and technique with my audience and expanded my reach. This opened up many opportunities, such as gallery representation, art shows, magazine features, etc. One challenge I faced with social media marketing was imposter syndrome. When you’re constantly trying to promote yourself on social media, you can’t help but look at other profiles that seem more successful, bringing you down. I’ve learned to minimize the time I spend on social and if I happen to land on someone with a higher following, I try to identify what they’re doing right and learn from it.
One lesson I learned recently: When making art, instead of focusing on what you think others will like, make authentic and genuine art to you instead. It will be more fun, and if you like it, chances are someone else will too.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Places to eat: If I had a friend visiting, we would have to try all my favorite restaurants (assuming Covid is over). During the week we would sit on the outdoor patio at Ultrea and people watch, try Super mega Bien for a fun unique dinner, Drive up to Vail for a nice morning hike followed by lunch at Mountain Standard. When we’re not eating, I would take them to Rino, to walk around to admire all the wall art in the alleyways. Visit the MCA museum and look at some inspiring artwork then enjoy a drink on their outdoor patio.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Fiance Chris who always encouraged me to follow my dreams and who constantly pushes me to be the best artist and business woman I can be.
Jess Blockwell Photography (All the professional-looking pictures, the action shots of me)