Jan with long-time studio mate Libby.

Jan with long-time studio mate Libby.

Located in the former hayloft of our red brick barn, my studio is just a short walk across our back garden.

Located in the former hayloft of our red brick barn, my studio is just a short walk across our back garden.

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

  • McGraw-Hill Publishing

  • Abbott Laboratories

  • Nationwide Insurance

  • Ohio Health

  • OCLC

  • USI Affinity

  • The Ohio State University Alumni Association

  • Battelle Memorial Institute

  • The Columbus Symphony Orchestra

  • Ohio Presbyterian Homes

  • Columbus Monthly Magazine

  • United Way.

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.