Growing up in Detroit, I remember always doing something creative with clay (or Play-Doh), paint, pencils and crayons. I'd spend hours drawing cartoon's of my dog Spike or practicing character styles referencing my "How to Draw" books. During Jr. and high school, I took all available art classes and was accepted into a commercial art class in 11th grade. I did well in that class but didn't love the whole idea of graphic design... yet.
After graduating high school, I attended a local community college taking a few art and English classes and after 3 semesters, I hired on full time at an automotive "job shop" (as they called them) for General Motors, working on technical manuals and drawing various parts/sections of cars. Not very exciting, but I did perfect my technical skills as an illustrator and I was making decent money for someone at 19.
After about 5 years, I was given the opportunity to work on an Apple computer the company bought after they realized, they needed to move from hand drawn technical pages to digital. I worked on the very first versions of Adobe's Illustrator and Photoshop! I loved working on the computer creating illustrations and page layouts! Sometimes my boss would have to remind me it was time to go home.
Speeding forward, after 14 years total working in the Automotive industry, my husband and I (oh yeah,I got married) moved to Santa Cruz CA. I was hired by a small design firm to help out with illustrations and answer phones. First they gave me small projects but after some successful projects, I became 100% involved with all the projects that came in. We were a great team and I learned so much about design, printing and running a small design business. After a few years and the owners adding children to their families, they decided to close shop and I started on my own business. It took me about 5 years to build up a solid business and now after 17... 18 years???? I'm quite busy working with a great mix of clients.
Now, after a 10 year break from the fine art scene, I'm back to creating new "paintings" working with this new medium ( to me) torn/cut paper. It's fun and challenging using vintage book and magazine papers to create my portraits of saints, cowboys and girls, and other characters.
My goals are to always keep learning and perfecting my design and illustrative skills!
2015 - Graphic Design USA award winner!
2015 - Made the paper for the local Open Studios event! http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/arts-and-entertainment/20150930/as-identical-twins-open-studio-artists-share-a-lot-more-than-artistic-talents
2015 - Article feature in Graphic Design News http://www.graphicart-news.com/pop-art-illustrations-janet-allinger/#.VNpbkMbjP6t
2015 - ADDY Awards Gold winner for my Beer 30 poster design!
2015 - Designing Women feature http://www.graphic-design.com/2015_designing_women_3
2014 - Ageless art volunteer of the year award
2012 - NAPP, Editors choice award for a photography.
2011 - PSPrint included me as 1 of the top 5 designers to be thankful for!
2011 - My Googled image is the latest cover for Healthcare Quarterly.
2010 - Featured in "How to do everything Illustrator" CS4 manual
by author Sue Jenkins.
2010 - NAPP, Editors choice award for photography.
2009 - 3 logos published in Rockport Publishing's Logo lounge "Animals" book.
2008, 2009 - "Best of People"Good times runner up for Visual Artist.
2008 - Designing Women Winner, D&G magazine.
2008 - Just Creative Design.com "7 Female Graphic Designers That'll
Rock Your Socks Off"
2007 - Solo show, Hide Gallery, Santa Cruz CA
2006 - Carmel Magazine, TomatoFest poster art.
2006 - Sunset Magazine, mention of my art studio.
2006 - Group Show, Thatcher Gallery San Francisco, CA
2006 - Painting published in "Marilyn in Art" by Roger Taylor
2005 - Detroit Weekly article about my irreverent nun paintings.
2005 - San Francisco chronicle, mention of my art.
2005 - Catholic league anti-catholic list for my irreverent nun paintings.
2005 - Gail Rich Award for visual artist- Santa Cruz CA
2003 & 2005 Santa Cruz Sentinel feature.
A FEW EXTRA FACTS:
Born Detroit, MI 10-1-1964
I have a twin sister named Janice who's also artistic.
No children unless my 4 cats count.
Married to my husband Wes for 22 years
Kind words from my fantastic clients
Janet has been absolutely wonderful to work with!
After 20 years in marketing for fortune companies like HP, P&G and Abbott, I decided to start my own company; a boutique resort - Field & Pond. I enlisted help from Janet in getting me set up with marketing assets; business cards, brochures, etc. Frankly, through my prior corporate experience, I have had the opportunity to work with some fairly large advertising agencies, but I have to say that Janet delivered work (as a smaller agency) that is at equally good, or even better quality. Her creativity in design really helped to create a very compelling visual identity for our brand. Furthermore, she is so easy and flexible to work with. She is able to come up with several distinctive concepts, and then refine on the specific details; and she can do this in fairly fast timing, and with fairly little direction. My favorite words from her are 'try this out, and see if you like it.'. Because she has so much experience in design, she is truly able to self-start, and share over ideas that generally hit the mark. Janet has definitely become my 'go-to' for marketing services. - Dahvie J
Janet Allinger never ceases to amaze and impress me. She is quirky and "out of the box" highly creative! Not to mention how much fun she is to work with, even as she's being totally professional. She is unquestionably reliable and more than once she has gone the extra mile for WomenCARE, the non profit organization that I work for. I whole heartedly recommend her. - LaVerne of WomanCare, Santa Cruz CA
I have never worked with someone with such quick turn around times! Janet Rocks! I am always amazed when I send her a request how quickly she responds and with such great eye for detail. She's easy to work with, creative, and fair. We have recommended her to several people looking for a local graphic designer. Thanks Janet! - Beauregard Vineyards
I ALWAYS enjoy working with Janet! Not only does she have the cuuuutest cats in her studio, she's fun to be around, she is talented, and I am always pleased with the outcome of the completed product. She's flexible, her response time is great, and I can rely on her to finish something when she says she will. I would definitely recommend Janet to anyone looking for a graphic designer. - Anna
Janet is a smart, funny, professional, creative designer and artist. She took our crazy little idea for a wine label and made it into a fantastic image for our entire business. She has an amazing talent for really listening to your ideas and being completely with you when working together. Not only are her creative ideas and skill superb, she has always been 100% dependable in getting what we need when we need it. (And, she is incredibly patient with little, niggling changes we seem to always be requesting!) I recommend her all the time - can't imagine working with anyone better. - Lois Sones of Sones Cellars
SO AMAZINGLY TALENTED!!! Janet is so incredible talented, she has helped me with my logo and deisgns several times. Each time it has been so easy to work with her, she understands out company imagine and vision and translates that to beautiful artwork. I would hire her over and over and recommend her to any of my friends and colleagues, she is a gifted artist and graphic designer. - Rayah Levy
friend referred Janet to me and I couldn't have been happier with her work! She is creative and talented! If you need some graphic work done look her up! - Sharon Williams - Pristine Skincare
Very personable/Very professional. A very talented artist. She is timely and very professional. - Carlotta Cellars
PERFECT TALENT Janet is the best. She can do it all. She is professional, able to get just the exact idea out of my head, and onto paper. NEVER late on anything. Anything that we need she does it without questions. Trust worthly, on time, talented! We can not say enough about her! - Hannah Stamps
Janet is a very talented artist and a pleasure to work with. She has turned my ideas into works of art that really make a statement for my business. - Bilbo E.
So professional and incredibly talented I called Janet for help with developing the image of my business. She was totally dedicated and had great ideas. She was also totally supportive as I explained "the pictures in my head", and was able to bring them to life in a better way than I had even imagined. She is a great Graphic Designer, and I love my finished products...plus, I am constantly getting compliments from clients on my logo and business cards! - Soul Apothecary