Jonna comes from a family of artists, and like her family, she has always been involved in the arts in various forms.
She attended California College of Arts in Berkeley, CA, and finished her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Theater in New Mexico. She spent her career as a Graphic Illustrator and Landscape Designer. She taught drawing and landscape design at Oklahoma State University, where she was selected for the Swede Emborg Endowment, the Horticulture Technology Award, and was also included in Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities. Jonna’s commissioned works include the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, various public parks and public spaces, architectural and landscape renderings, logos, and numerous pieces for private collections.
Her award-winning art conveys a strong sense of design, using vibrant colors, combined with graphic elements and complex patterns. Jonna’s intricate style is creative, imaginative, and original. Painting has allowed her to express a passion for color, detail, creativity, and a sense of humor and whimsy. She hopes her work brings you the sense of happiness and fun that she feels creating them!
Recently, Jonna was named a 2021-2022 "Who’s Who in America" recipient.
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and her colorful, joyful works of art
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