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Rhonda Shelford Jansen was born and raised in Alaska and is of Unangax and Sugpiaq descent.  She is an original shareholder of the Aleut Corporation, a descendant shareholder of CIRI, and enrolled in the Ninilchik Native Association tribe.  Rhonda is listed in the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

She has been painting and drawing since she was a child and first studied under pioneer Alaskan artist Toby Tyler and her Native Grandmother, Lydia Resoff Shelford. 
She also studied art in college while majoring in business.

She has been in and around the fishing industry her entire life while living in Homer,
Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, and the Pacific Northwest.  She comes from four generations of Alaskan fishermen and her husband and youngest son continue that tradition.
Painting and photographing nautical scenes and Native culture is a perfect fit
and comprises most of Rhonda's work. She loves honoring her native heritage by painting  scenes that focus on the beauty, resiliency, and ingenuity of all Alaska Native cultures.
She has illustrated five books: Koyukon Fish Camp (Benchmark Publications), Unigkuat - Kodiak Alutiiq Legends, The CIRI Activity Book, Alaska Sea Escapes, Buttons and she has designed t-shirts for non-profit events.  She does shows in Alaska and occasionally in Washington and her art has been featured on numerous websites and newspapers.  In addition, Rhonda's art has been used on the set of the drama series "Alaska Daily" and her originals and prints can be found at The Alaska Native Heritage Center, The Alutiiq Museum, the Museum of the Aleutians, and Stephan Fine Arts in the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage.  You can also view her work at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks. 

You can follow her art and photography on Instagram @rsjartist and on Facebook @rhondashelfordjansenartist

Rhonda sells originals and museum quality canvas giclees on this website and sells  heavy art paper, archival, giclees and standard prints of her paintings and photography at 

Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board: 
The listings are by current state of residency, not by Native blood. 

She is available for commissions.

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