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Traditional Artist

Janice I. Shima

Jan Shima’s artwork depicts the wild wonder of the National Parks, and the tropical beauty of Hawaii. With rich vibrant colors she paints the grandeur of National Parks and lush tropical wildlife of Hawaii. "Birds fascinate and inspire me with their colors, feather patterns, flight and personalities." Every bird has a unique personality and each setting a sense of intimacy and mystery. Her works reflect a concern for preserving endangered species. “Each image speaks a message about the environment and reveals some of the spirit behind the image to listening ears". Performing original poetry set to music, she dramatically illustrates many of her paintings at art shows & events.

Jan is also an accomplished musician, songwriter and recording artist. Her latest Album “Light to Soar” is a collection of original songs in a Jazz/World style inspired by hiking trips throughout the National Parks. She enjoys photographing nature in the Parks, using some photos as painting subjects, some for album covers, and making some available as art prints. The soon to be released single “TreeTalk”, is inspired by listening to trees and animals conversing deep in the forests of Yosemite and Sequoia National Park. A recent painting “Ancient Guardian” is a reminder of how Yosemite was long ago. “There’s a never ending supply of inspiration found in the Parks and exploring them is a joy I love to share through art and music".

Many of Jan's artworks and designs have been commissioned by fine Hotels including the Westin Maui, Kauai Coconut Resort, Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki Beachcomber, Hale Koa Hotel and others. Her artwork is found in National Park Resorts, Galleries, and Private collections throughout the U.S.A. and Japan. She has a BFA from the University of Michigan and Master's Certificate in Writing & Producing from Berklee College of Music, Boston. Her artwork and recordings can be found on these websites:,,,,


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