About Jan Benham
Hello and welcome to my studio!
For me, creating art is the very definition of fun. The joy began with a box of crayons and a can of Playdoh. It continued as I studied Illustration and Design at Miami University, and grows greater everyday.
During my college years, I realized how vital creative camaraderie is for artistic growth. To see friends in the creative community, I paint with Central Ohio Plein Air artists on Saturday mornings, participate in Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators meetings and conferences, and am a member of the Association of Illustrators.
My first professional job was doing courtroom illustrations for WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio. In between the murder and mayhem of the court, I helped create animated pieces for local children’s programs. I continued to hone my art and design skills at Mlicki Design in Columbus, Ohio before freelancing full-time.
I enjoy collaborating with clients to create playful, character-driven art that engages their customers. It’s been my pleasure to work with wonderfully creative people. Here are a few of the companies they represent:
Highlights for Children
The Ohio State University Alumni Association
Battelle Memorial Institute
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Ohio Presbyterian Homes
Columbus Monthly Magazine
Jan Benham Studio is located in Columbus, Ohio, where my husband and I share our hosta-filled garden with birds, butterflies, rabbits, raccoons and a few highly-opinionated squirrels.