Jana Travis: Gardenscapes

Published On 07/11/2011

Location: Visiting Physicians' Office
Underwriting Cost: $5,000

Memphis artist Jana Travis draws inspiration from Japanese kimonos, gardens and 17th century prints. Travis says she hopes physicians feel calming influences of the “Floating World” in her oil and canvas piece that hangs in the Community Physician room on the first floor of the hospital.

“I’ve been in hospitals and doctors’ offices. They can be kind of gloomy, depressing places with little attention to aesthetics. I wanted to create something that felt inspiring,” she said.

Travis says she thinks of her work as a garden. “The Japanese put a lot of thought and inspiration into their gardens,” she said. Travis studied the patterns of 17th century Japanese art and incorporated patterns and design elements into her piece. She used handmade, repeated patterns, Japanese papers and gold leaf for the project.

Working on the project over the course of several months, Travis created an intertwined, overgrown garden. “I think of my work as a window to the outside, just as you want to sit by a garden and read a book. If you’re a doctor, a nurse, that’s not a possibility often.”

Travis’ work was recently shown at Germantown Performing Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and currently at Christian Brothers University. Her pieces are part of several private and corporate collections throughout the world. She was selected for the First Tennessee ArtForum Competition by the Urban Art Commission to be displayed at the FedEx Forum.

Travis is an associate professor and chair of the visual and performing arts division at Christian Brothers University. Travis received a Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Memphis.


If you would like to inquire about underwriting this or any of the other pieces in the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Art Collection, please call the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Foundation at 901-287-6308.