Artist Janell Mithani with Painting, www.janellmithani.comI am a visual artist who lives in Southern California.  Thanks so much for stopping by my website and blog.  I can be reached at my studio: 626.344.2787 or

Have a wonderful, creative, day.  –Janell

Janell grew up in a small rural town in the northwestern United States, the youngest in a family who loved gardening, music and the outdoors.  As a teen she sold her violin to buy her first camera and took painting lessons from a local artist.  She received a BFA from Southern Oregon State College and then re-located to Los Angeles. Shortly after, she met her husband and they made their home at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.

Her love of the intimacy of the human face, especially the eyes, draws her to portraiture.  A childhood spent in the forest, inspires her to paint nature.  She has created art in photography, oils and for the past five year, acrylics on canvas.  She is inspired by the beautiful garden that surrounds her studio, the forests and memories of her childhood, femininity, and the relationship between humans and animals. Her most recent series, “Wildish Spirits,” brings a sense of child-like wonder to her contemporary, imaginative art.

Artist Statement
A world of radiant enchantment merged with the lush details of the forest inspires me to create. Childlike memories of magical beings float through the landscape of my mind and fill my paintings.  I reflect on a childhood spent with the Northern California and Oregon woods as my playground.  These memories come to life in my paintings. I reflect on the relationship between earth, nature and people as well as the strong protective and nurturing instincts I feel for my daughter.  I explore intertwining the feminine, wildish, spirits that fill the pages of my journal with the earthly visions that come from my brush.  Their dance calls to me; therefore, I continue to paint.”


BFA with concentration in Painting and Photography, Southern Oregon State College, 1984

Gallery Representation
Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Colonnade Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Hoopla!, Altadena, CA


2016   Open Studios Art Tour, Altadena/Pasadena, CA
2016   Evening of Art, Group Exhibition, Art Space Gallery, Altadena, CA
2015   Open Studios Art Tour, Altadena/Pasadena
2015   Spring Fairies, Group Exhibition, Hoopla, Altadena CA
2014   Open Studios Art Tour, Altadena/Pasadena, CA,
2014   Elements, Two Person Exhibition, Alhambra City Hall Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2014   Montrose Art Walk, Summer and Fall Exhibit, Montrose, CA
2014   Solo Exhibit, First United Methodist Church Fine Arts Program, Pasadena, CA
2014   Solo Exhibition, Zephyr Coffee House and Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2013   Montrose Art Walk, Spring Exhibit, Montrose, CA
2012   BUD, Solo Exhibit and Book Signing, Bruggemeyer Library, Monterey Park, CA
2011   BUD, Exhibition and Book Signing, Altadena CA
2011   Water and Trees, Group Exhibit, Alhambra City Hall Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2010   Trees R Us, Group Exhibit, Neon Venus Gallery, Hollywood, CA
2009   Featured Artist, ArtNight, Pasadena, CA
2008   Solo Exhibition, Alhambra City Hall Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2008   Altadena Home Tour, Altadena, CA
2005   Manga, Exhibition, Group Exhibit with students, Pasadena Library, Pasadena, CA
1984   Mannequin, Solo Exhibition, Jacksonville Historical Museum, Jacksonville, OR
1984   Solo Exhibition, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR

Selected Collectors and Clients

Avon Products, Inc.
City of Alhambra
City of Pasadena
Corporate Icon
Cross Northwest
Dydee Diaper Service
Girl Scouts of America
Glendale Builders’ Supply
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Dr. Eleanor Leung
Sally Mihlon & Associates
Pasadena Symphony
SGI Construction
The Seville Group
The Walt Disney Corporation
WMW Group
Private Collectors-Worldwide


Guest Lecturer
Lecture/Presentation/Critique, Pasadena City College, 2009
Lecture, Pasadena City College, 2008

Guest Speaking
Speaker, Bruggemeyer Library, Monterey Park, CA, April 1, 2012
Speaker, Literacy Luncheon, Pasadena CA, February, 2012
Speaker/Critique, Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley, July, 2007
Speaker/Exhibition, San Fernando Valley Professional Photographers, October, 2005

Authored Publications
BUD, A Collection of Floral and Baby Art. Published book, 2011

Cindy Costales Interview, MPK-TV, Monterey Park, CA, April 3, 2012

Print Media

Colleen Commentz, “Art From Above and Beyond”, Around Alhambra, November, 2014
Around Alhambra, Exhibition announcement, bio and photograph, Spring, 2011
Anne Marie Johnson, “From Bloomers to Boardroom,” California Federation of BPW, 2010
Around Alhambra, Exhibition Press Release and Photograph, August, 2008
Studio Photography Magazine, “Peer 2 Peer”, June, 2008
Wet Set Gazette, Photograph Vol.8, August, 2007
Cover, Wet Set Gazette, Vol.1, January, 2005
Cover, Wet Set Gazette, Vol. 2, February, 2004
Cover, Wet Set Gazette, Vol. 10, October, 2003
Article and Bio, BPW, Business Life Magazine, September, 2004
Bend Tidings, Press release and photographs, Bend, OR, 1985
Ashland Tidings, Press release for Exhibit, Ashland, OR 1984
Medford Mail Tribune, Photography, Medford, OR 1984
Ashland Tidings, Photography, Ashland, OR 1984
The Britt Festival, Photography, Jacksonville, OR 1984
KSOR Radio, Guide to the Arts, Photography, Ashland, OR, 1984
Senior Ventures, Original artwork and Illustrations, Ashland, OR 1982-1984

Online Periodicals and Blogs

Bob McClinton, The Orange Cat, Workshop Announcements, 2015, 2016
Lori Webster, “Springtime Hoopla, Hoopla Emporium Blog, April 24, 2015
Elizabeth Melton Parsons Blog, “Artist Spotlight”, February 6, 2015
Pasadena Now, Exhibition Announcement and Photograph, March 14, 2014
Pasadena Public Library, Teen Blog, Workshop Announcements, Pasadena, CA, 2014
EGP News, Speaking and Exhibit announcement, March 30, 2012
San Marino Patch, Art Workshop announcement and photograph, San Marino, CA, 2012


Selected Workshops

Calligraphy and Hand Lettering, Hill Branch Library, Pasadena, August, 2016
Teen Bird and House Painting, Pasadena, July, 2016
Teen Arrow Painting, Pasadena, July 2016
Teen and Children’s Fairy Art Gardens, Pasadena, June- July 2016
Teen Sports Ball Painting, Pasadena, June, 2016
Mother and Daughter Jewelry, Hill Library, Pasadena, May, 2016
Contemporary Tree Painting, Pasadena, CA, April, 2016
Teen Jewelry Design, May, 2016
Mixed Medium Miniature Book, March, 2016
Teen Bracelet Design, February, 2016
Artistic Holiday Gift Tags, December, 2015
Teen Art Necklace, Alhambra Library, January, 2015
Zombie Manga Drawing and Inking, Pasadena Public Library, October 2014
Stylized Cityscapes, Mixed Medium Workshop with Adults, Pasadena, CA, July, 2014
Dot Painting on Australian Tree Bark, Pasadena, CA, July, 2014
Teen Steampunk Necklace Design, Pasadena, August, 2013
Teen Steampunk Jewelry, Alhambra, CA, July, 2013
Painting T-shirts, Teen Workshop, Hastings Library, Pasadena, CA, June, 2013
Manga/Anime Drawing and Inking, Pasadena, July, 2012
Australian Dot Painting on tree Bark, July, 2012
Manga/Anime Art Drawing and Inking, Alhambra, CA, June 2012
Manga/Anime Art Drawing and Inking, Crowell library, San Marino, CA, 2012
Art Jewelry – Create a Bracelet, Belles Nest, Sierra Madre, CA, June 2012
Art Jewelry, Create a pair of Earrings, Sierra Madre, CA, May 2012
Manga/Anime Art Drawing and Inking, Belles Nest, Sierra Madre, CA March 2012
Art Jewelry with Teens, Belles Nest, Sierra Madre, CA, February, 2012
Beginning Jewelry Design, Adult Workshop, Sierra Madre, CA, September-November, 2011
Photography Week long Workshop with Teens, Pasadena CA, August, 2011
Wire and Mixed Medium Week long Workshop, Pasadena, CA July 2011
Mixed Medium Jewelry Week long Workshop, Pasadena, CA, July 2011
Photography Week long Workshop with Teens, Pasadena CA, July, 2011
Manga/Anime Drawing week long Workshop with Teens, San Marino, CA, June 2011
Around the World of Art Week Long Workshop with Teens, Pasadena, CA, June 2011
Jewelry Design Week long Workshop with Teens, San Marino, CA, June 2011
Expressive Painting with Pastels, (Adults), San Marino, CA, June 2011