I was born in the Czech Republic in 1957 and from childhood developed a keen interest in art, sport and nature. After finishing my five years training as an Interior Designer, I escaped communist Czech Republic in 1981 and arrived in Perth penniless but ready to work and create my own destiny.
I was struck by the freedom of life and immediately set about the process of acquiring as much knowledge about art as possible. Receiving tuition in private studios of various artists and at technical college, I gained a variety of skills.
In 1984 I held my first solo exhibition of China paintings and ceramics, and in 1989 came a solo exhibition of pastel works at Gomboc Gallery, Western Australia. My creativity flowed from there back into interior design, and from 1989 to 2001 I ran ‘Jana’s Interiors’, which specialised in decorative work, murals, trompe l’oeils, stone and marble finishes in some of the most prestigious residential and commercial buildings in Perth, Singapore and Europe.
Working with the best designers in Western Australia, I was featured in top interior magazines and on several occasions won the Craftsman’s Award in the Homes of the Year competition.
In 2001 I stepped off the ladders and have since opened my studio in Perth, Western Australia, to concentrate on my own painting and established art classes, teaching in the mediums of oil, acrylics, pastels, charcoal and pencil. In 2010 I established Metamorphosis Art Studio/Gallery to work and display my work.
2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 – Metamorphosis Art Studio/Gallery, Western Australia, Australia
2013/2014 – Permanent Impressions, Perth-Central Park and 10 regional towns of Western Australia, Australia
2012 – One artist, one day, one year, The West Australian Club, Western Australia, Australia
2010/2011 – Canning College Computing Centre, Western Australia, Australia
2010 – Love affair with Italy, Italian Club, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
2009 – Ente Filarmonico Italiano, Arezzo, Italy
2008 – Ground Beneath my Feet, Linton & Kay Gallery, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
2006 – Life, Death and in Between, St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
2005/2006/2007 – Denada Café, Western Australia, Australia
2005 – Then and Now, Pastels, oils, acrylic and drawings, Atwell Gallery, Western Australia, Australia