bolinasfolkart's Shop Announcement

Thanks for stopping by! I am just back from Europe exhibiting my biblical illustrations painted on driftwood.

Feel free to message me here, through my website,, or say "hi" on facebook. My happy whales and coastal folk art are available for immediate purchase at the Lunchbox in Stinson Beach, The Coast Cafe and Smileys Schooner Saloon in Bolinas, Ca. Thanks!!

LOVE AND BLESSINGS…welcome to my Etsy shop! I put so much love and prayer into my artwork I hope you discover some of that joy as you look around. I can make anything customized to your needs, in fact all of my wedding signs are completely custom. Please feel free to communicate with me what you have in mind!

I live with my family in the beautiful and mysterious coastal town of Bolinas, Ca. This radically affects my art. I am inspired by my charming and eclectic town, by the writings of Melville and by the fruits of the Spirit. Every morning I walk on the beach and collect driftwood, or I use wood repurposed from the old artist's studio in the cottage we are renovating to create my whales. They are infused with JOY. I have become known as the "whale lady" or "whale maker" around town. At first I was taken a little aback, but now I take it as an incredible compliment. Sometimes fishermen gift me wood that has become caught in their crab pots. Each whale is absolutely unique: handcarved, painted, woodburned, colored and painted some more with prayer and passion. They hang on the wall as would a painting. I hope you enjoy them as much as I love making them! podcast about my art and inspiration! I'm mentioned in an article in The New York Times!0

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Art and joy in your home…who can get enough?! Bolinas Folk Art Whales look amazing in "pods". Once you have one, you will want more! I am happy to offer a multiple discount for you to help you make a beautiful array of whales to grace your walls. Let me know how, in any way I can best serve you to acquire or give the gift of Bolinas Folk Art: it is my desire to provide excellent service and a wonderful experience. Please convo me if you would like to commission me for your own Whale Family Portrait or a custom order.

Whale Necklaces!! They are made of driftwood with all the care and labor as my larger whale hangings. They are finished in such a way as to look like turquoise or cloisonne. You will love how light and comfortable they are to wear, how they work great with your personal fashion and how many compliments you get!!

Bolinas Buoy paintings are inspired by the buoys seen all over town. They are used by the fishermen to identify their crab pots. They are the epitome of all things coastal and can also be metaphorical for deep spiritual meaning. The verb buoy means boost or increase. There aren't many things that will buoy your confidence as much as repeated compliments on how great your new haircut looks. A buoy is a floating marker that indicates the presence of underwater hazards, channels, or places for tying up boats. When buoy is a verb, it means float like a buoy, like when you see water buoy up an enormous swan, or the wind buoy up a kite. A more figurative meaning of buoy is to cheer or lift someone's spirits. It is kind of hard to spell. One way to remember buoy's unusual spelling is the phrase, "Boats usually opt to steer around a buoy." I am always delighted when I find a buoy on the beach. And I am even more delighted to paint buoys on the gorgeous driftwood I find on the beach. As the fishermen incorporate colors, pattern, letters and numbers to identify their personal buoys I like to paint in vibrant, harmonious colors and subtly include words of hope and meaning into each one of my Bolinas Buoy paintings.

Wedding Signs and Custom signs…are you having a beach wedding or special event? Allow me to create any type of signage to make your special day even more gorgeous!!

And don't forget the ever popular Orange Octopi…great for your bathroom, nursery, outdoor shower…wherever you need a pop of color and whimsy.

It is my honor to serve you…truly it is a blessing to do what I love and make art. Let me know if you see what you like in my shop or if I can design a custom order just for you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! XO, Janis

PS You may also be interested in my series of biblical illustrations painted on driftwood. Please visit my website: I had a successful show here in Bolinas and I am excited that it is currently on exhibit in Germany.

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