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Meet Trailblazer Jana Hope

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jana Hope.

Jana, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always be drawn to art. I distinctly remember sitting in my elementary art class, in awe of the classic art prints adorning the walls. I remember my art teacher saying that this was what I could do when I grew up, and I was sold. In high school, I was able to develop art-based independent studies and graduate with art honors. I was forging the path at Metro State, studying traditional fine art when I was diverted by life after my second year in school. But I kept creating illustrations and continued to practice and show work throughout Denver while working from the co-working studio, Converge. Converge connected me with creators and entrepreneurs that help build the foundation of my art practice as a business. I would create my own work and collaborate with other artists in the community for everything from fashion shows to murals.
During this time I worked in events, coordinating and designing, growing my skills in management and the art of building experiences. Unfortunately as the years in the event world went on, I was pulled further from my art practice. In 2017 it all broke loose and I knew something had to give. I took the scary step of removing myself from events and pouring my focus into art. It was that year I started my mobile studio brand, Go Gogh Party, and brought engaging art experiences to private and public events. This launch allowed me to work my art as a daily practice, rebuilding my portfolio in both fine art and murals. Since 2017 I have partnered with dozens of local businesses to host paint party events, have been invited to celebrate in everything from fundraisers to birthday parties, and have developed my portfolio in ways I never expected. I now have a thriving art business as an artist, entertainer, muralist, and live painter.

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing about forging a new path in life is easy or smooth, but honestly, that is one of the best things about it. I didn’t create art for two years in the middle of my journey and I lost hope in art as my path. It was risky to dive in after that long of a break but I knew I needed it. There is a quote I love, “I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.” This is what I felt when I faced down the fear of failing and moved towards my dreams. If something is calling you, eventually you will get sick of your own excuses and move into the discomfort. One piece of advice for those embarking on the journey of the unknown is to have faith. Faith in yourself for being resilient, faith that the work will pay off, and faith that what you learn will launch you to where you need to be. Another bit of advice, don’t do it alone. The community will lift you up, bring you opportunities, share information, and bring fulfillment. When I have had obstacles I leaned on my circles for advice and encouragement.

We’d love to hear more about Jana Hope Art.
In short, I’m an artist. I create paintings and illustrations in traditional media. My work has expanded in the past two years to include niches like mural art, and live painting for events, though most of my work is created in my home studio. I use vivid colors and am most known for my natural imagery. I show work at venues across Colorado and create unique commissions for both personal and business collaborations.

My sister brand, Go Gogh Party was created after years of experience events and hosting workshops. Go Gogh is focused on interactive art experiences for everyone (I especially love the ones who “aren’t creative”). I bring public and private paint parties to venues and homes across Colorado and create engaging art booths for large events. These experiences focus on expression, creativity, and fun.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
In our world, women are expected to take on all of the responsibilities, juggle all the projects, be perfect and look good doing it. I think women who take on leadership roles or forge their own path feel this deeply, and I am no exception. This is a massive chain that is an ongoing process to move away from, no matter what industry you are in. In art, judgment is a crucial part of the viewer/art relationship, so I tend to think so much about every aspect and if it is up to snuff. There is also a lot of gatekeepers in the art world that add to this pressure. It takes courage and self-reflection to face all of this and still moves forward. That is what any leader can do.

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I took all these pictures myself

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