About Jane Hannah

For the past two days I have been spending my time reading on the fine subjects of interdisciplinarity and epistemology — yes you have guessed it, I am a teacher. A longer explanation requires that I go back in time… Driving home on one of these incredibly beautiful sunny days, I happened to be driving by John Abbott College, near Montreal. Being a former John Abbott student, I daydreamed of those days gone by and at that moment I knew that I would work there someday… as this was meant to be.

I’m a Canadian graphic artist, typographer, calligrapher and watercolour artist as well as a teacher at Cégep John Abbott College. As someone whose academic beginnings focused on Music and Graphic Arts, I was fortunate enough to work for 19 years with open-hearted and talented individuals in Typography and Graphic Design. I then moved on to teach in the public education system in Laval and then joined Cégep John Abbott College to teach Graphic & Web Design. I obtained my Graphic Arts degree in 1983, followed by a Bachelors degree in Music (Vincent d’Indy) & Education (Sherbrooke University) and finally by a Masters degree in Education (Sherbrooke University).

I draw, I sketch, I paint & I live in Rigaud. My watercolour paintings reflect the environment that surrounds me. I paint my rural environment for others to appreciate its beauty, and I draw in order to see and comprehend its grace. I’m a Montreal Urban Sketcher (joined in 2012) and a member of the Artistes Hudson Artists (joined in 2014). I have a blog at www.janehannah.com where I post one painting a week. I often link my paintings to music as it is an inherent part of my nature.

Here are the events, exhibitions, workshops that have made me a bit of a watercolour artist.
Date: November 10, 2018
Event: Square Foot Exhibition
Location: Senneville, Quebec, Canada
Date: July 8, 2018
Event: Picnic Vernissage at Stewart Hall
Location: Pointe-Claire, Québec, Canada
Date: November 11, 2017
Event: Square Foot Exhibition
Location: Senneville, Quebec, Canada
Date: September 30th, 2017
Event: Drawing Trees Workshop with Shari Blaukopf
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Date: August 24, 2017
Event: Heritage Montreal Exhibit with Montreal Urban Sketchers
Location: Montreal City Hall, Old Montreal, Québec, Canada
Date: July 17 to 21st, 2017
Event: Jane Blundell’s Watercolour Bootcamp
Location: Bath, England
Date: October 8 & 9 2016
Event: Jane Blundell’s Watercolour Workshop
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date: Month of July 2016
Event: Exhibit of Watercolour paintings
Location: Community Centre in Hudson, Québec, Canada.
Date: July 10, 2016
Event: Picnic Vernissage at Stewart Hall
Location: Pointe-Claire, Québec, Canada
Date: July 1 & 2, 2016
Event: Watercolour Workshop with Shari Blaukopf
Location: Burlington, Vermont, USA
Date: Wednesday May 25, 2016
Event: Invited by C2 Montreal :: Creativity + Commerce to illustrate the events that were happening on that day. Wonderful experience.
Location: Griffintown, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Date: May 22 2016
Event title: Draw me a mountain :: Exhibition & Art day on Mount-Royal
Role: Volunteer & Participant
Location: Mount-Royal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Date: March 2016
Event: Sketch Swap with Chi Mai Vo (Montreal) & Jean-Louis Julien (France)
Location: Montreal & France
Date: January 16, 2016
Event: Pottery Workshop with Ronald Le Potier
Location: Hemmingford, Québec
Date: From July 5th to August 30th 2015
Event title: A Sketch in Time Summer Show
Location: Project Room, Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Pointe-Claire, Québec, Canada
Date: July 2015
Event title: Draw me a mountain :: Exhibition & Art day on Mount-Royal
Role: Volunteer & Participant
Location: Mount-Royal, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Date: June 5th to June 7th, 2015
Event title: Artistes Hudson Artists AHA Spring Show
Exhibited four paintings.
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada
Date: March 14, 2015
Event: Workshop with Gail Descoeurs
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada
Date: January 2015
Event: PDHT Faculty Vernissage
Location: John Abbott College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada
Date: May 2015
Event: Mixed Media Workshop with Diane St-Georges
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada
Date: April 2014
Event title: Montreal–Girona Sketch Swap with the Montreal Urban Sketchers
Location: Montreal, Québec, Canada
Date: August 2 – 4, 2013
Event title: Watercolour Sketching in Historic Montreal with Marc Taro Holmes & Shari Blaukopf
Role: Participant
Location: Montreal, Québec, Canada
Date: June 3-6, 2013
Event title: Kamouraska Workshop with Shari Blaukopf
Location: Kamouraska, Québec, Canada
Date: September 24, 2012
Event title: Montreal Urban Sketchers Correspondent debut
Location: Jean-Talon Market in Montreal, Québec, Canada
Date: August 16 & 17, 2012
Event title: Westmount Watercolour Workshop with Shari Blaukopf
Location: Westmount Library
Date: July 11, 13, 18 & 20 2012
Event title: Melinda Brewer Watercolour Workshop ($395)
Location: St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Hudson, Québec, Canada
Date: June 5 & 6, 2012
Event: Watercolour Workshop with Shari Blaukopf
Location: Montreal, Québec, Canada

To get in touch, email me at janefhannah[at]gmail.com

The Physics of the Quest for My Life
1. Leave behind old grudges;
2. Whatever happens to you in life are clues to guide you;
3. Everyone that you meet is your teacher;
4. Face and forgive yourself;
5. Only then, will you find truth.

Lifetime Approach
Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity…
any activity becomes creative,
when the doer cares about doing it right, or better
and hence the state of flow begins.

Le Corbusier Philosophy
When one travels and works with visual things – architecture, painting or sculpture – one uses one’s eyes and draws, so as to fix deep down in one’s experience what is seen. Once the impression has been recorded by the pencil, it stays for good, entered, registered, inscribed.
To draw oneself, to trace the lines, handle the volumes, organise the surface…all this means first to look, and then to observe and finally perhaps to discover…and it is then that inspiration may come.

All images and texts on this site are © of Jane Hannah. All rights reserved. 

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6 Responses to About Jane Hannah

  1. Dorothy says:

    I just signed up to receive your blog, followed over here from Facebook. Your work is beautiful and inspiring. Thank you!!!


  2. whimseytopia says:

    Hi Jane. I just read your latest post and would like to write to you via email about your upcoming workshop with Charles Reid. I don’t want to post this online. Hope to hear from you. My email is patsye@mail.com. Patsye


  3. tkmorin says:

    Salut, Jane! Very nice blog you have here! :-)


  4. Jane says:

    Allô mon cousin,

    je suis tellement contente d’entendre parler de toi. Merci pour le compliment Johnny et j’aime tellement peindre, c’est pas possible. Ça m’apporte beaucoup ;-) Merci aussi pour l’info sur Jorish… je m’en vais voir, car je ne le connais pas. Dis allô à Yvonne aussi et bye-bye,



  5. Jean says:

    Bonsoir Jane,

    Je trouve tes dessins très beaux. En particulier la gare et les “wing chairs”. Tu as le sens de la perspective et tes proportions semblent justes. J’ai connu Stéphane Jorish (http://www.bookweek.ca/francais/auteurs/stephane-jorisch) qui faisait des rendus architecturaux à l’aquarelle et qui, maintenant, est illustrateur à temps plein. Son sens de la perspective et ses proportions me fascinaient; cela remonte à plus de 20 ans!

    Salutations à Ti-Guy,

    Ton cousin Jean


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