Janet Hanofee is a wildlife artist painting animals from Alaska to Africa! She is passionate about conservation.
Janet lived in Alaska for 30 years and is known for her captivating paintings of Alaska's great grizzly bears. She travels all over the world to study animals in the wild and works with a number of conservation groups and sportsman organizations to preserve and protect wildlife. In 2017, Janet relocated to Northern Virginia and is spending time studying all of the wonderful birds of the east coast.
Janet donates a number of original paintings every year to sportsmen organizations that are working on conservation projects. She also has organized grassroot fundraising efforts for projects that she is passionate about.
An example of this is seen in 2015, following a trip to Zimbabwe, where she was touched by a group of partk rangers in the Sengwa park in Zimbabwe. During her 10 days studying wildlife in the park, she came across 13 illegally poached elephant carcasses. She was frustrated to learn of all the money that was being raised to protect the elephants of the park, but sadly the money was never making it into the hands of the park rangers in the field. They had one working radio, no working vehicles, no gas to put in the vehicles, and yet when Janet went to the park headquarters to turn in GPS coordinates of the elephant kill sites, here were 4 new Mercedes owned by political park officials parked in the parking lot. When she returned to the states, Janet contacted a large sporting association in Alaska and asked them to partner with her on a project. If she painted a large original oil painting for them, would they agree to auction the painting and use the proceeds to purchase radios, batteries, flexi-cuff handcuffs (for detaining poachers), fuel vouchers and items that could be sent directly to the park to ensure that the tools actually made it to the rangers that were on the front lines protecting the elephant herd. They agreed. The original painting of an impressive bull elephant sold for over $5,000. Print #1 sold for $1,300 and the first run of prints raised an additional $8,000. 100% of those proceeds were turned into tools and shipped directly to park rangers protecting elephant herds.
One person can make a difference. That project ignited a fire in Janet, and she works every year to find ways that she can give back to wildlife in a meaningful way that really makes an impact on the animals she loves. Many organizations have used her art as a way to fundraise and to support their conservation projects including Alaska SCI - Anchorage & Kenai: Donated a custom Wood Bison original oil painting - 100% donation of original and first print run. All proceeds used to reintroduce wood bison to Alaska. Alaska SCI was the only conservation group funding this project. Janet's painting was a part of that fundraising project.She has also supported the National Park Service, Smithsonian National Zoo,Smithsonian Cheetah Conservation Project,David Sheffield Foundation,Ducks Unlimited,and Alaska Sheep Foundation. She is particularly passionate about elephant anti-poaching efforts, pangolin & cheetah protection, and reducing land owner/wildlife conflicts through collaborative solutions. As a longtime Alaskan, she is also dedicated to ensuring that Alaskan wildlife is protected and that the eagles, moose, caribou, wolves and bears continue to thrive.