Rhonda Shelford Jansen was born and raised in Alaska and is of Alaska Native descent. She resides in Mukilteo, Washington and still spends considerable time in Alaska.
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 a long line of pioneer, 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 through paintings that focus on the culture, beauty, resiliency, and ingenuity of all Alaskan tribes.
She has illustrated four books: Koyukon Fish Camp (Benchmark Publications), Unigkuat - Kodiak Alutiiq Legends, Alaska Sea Escapes, and Buttons and does shows in Alaska and occasionally in Washington.
You can follow her art and photography on Instagram @rsjartist and on Facebook @rhondashelfordjansenart
Rhonda sells originals and museum quality canvas giclees on this website and sells canvas giclees, heavy art paper, archival, giclees and standard prints of her paintings and photography at www.rhondashelfordjansenart.com
Rhonda is an original shareholder of the Aleut Corporation, a descendant shareholder of CIRI and a member of the Ninilchik Tribe. She is listed in the Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board
The listings are by State of residency, not by Native blood.
She is available for commissions.