Janel Raihl

Art has been a huge part of my life since I was little. I have a twin sister who has always excelled at expressing herself verbally while I have found it easier to express myself through drawing and the visual arts. Art always gave me the outlet to communicate visually what I could not say verbally. For the longest time I have kept my art on a more private level. Now I am driven to be more public with a desire to support my community and organizations that help others. It started with participating in a fund raiser for Shade Tree Foundation, a domestic abuse shelter. That opened the door to many other events and organizations such as N.O.W and Golfing for a Cause and 

designing shirts that could be sold to benefit SAFE society in San Juan Islands of Washington where was born and raised. Such events and causes give me the opportunities to stretch myself and create something new.

I enjoy creating custom art for clients, something that speaks to and uplifts them and others. It is my passion to create. My mosaic creations on sculpted mannequins have been shown all over Las Vegas including a major display in The Westgate Hotel and Casino. I have also participated in the Mannequins on the Loop recycled arts challenge in St. Louis, MO.

I am currently working with photographers Michael Maze and Mark Norris to create art on art concepts using my creations for artistic collaborations and representations to create prints for sale.

One of the funnest artistic projects I have undertaken was the creation of a large scale mural in the Las Vegas Arts District. This mural highlights vintage Vegas glam focusing on retired Vegas signs from casinos that are no longer.

It is my hope that my creations inspire and uplift you and bring you as much enjoyment as they have brought me joy in creating them.

Janel Raihl

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