A small picture of the outside of Jan's Art Studios

Orna Kretchmer



“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry”. Paul Rand

I always remember myself sketching and drawing. As a child, all my notebooks were decorated and framed with designs in black and white or color. Every empty envelope or a scrap of paper was immediately filled with sketches, and a visit to the art store was (and still is) better than one to the candy store.

I hold a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biology, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology followed by post-doctorate research in UC Berkeley and Stanford University, where I conducted Bioinformatics research. After years of research investigating human hormones, I decided to turn my passion and long time dream into a profession and studied Graphic Design. I took classes with Dmitry Grudsky to improve my drawing skills, and now, I am a freelance graphic designer and artist.

As an artist and a biologist I am fascinated with nature. I love to observe its soothing beauty and am in awe of its limitless and majestic powers.

Defined by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, a ‘collage’ (“to glue”) is a technique where the artwork is made from an assembly of various parts of different forms that create a new whole. I am always excited to experiment with different materials to create interesting collages using mixed media that will be pleasing to the eye and intriguing to the mind. Collages allow the artist to experiment and create.

Classes at Jan’s Art Studio:

-Collages/mixed Media

-Graphic art

Please visit the gallery on this site to view some of my works and my website www.ornakretchmer.com to view more of my designs, drawings, collages and more. You are welcome to visit Jan's Art Studios. Cell – 510-673-1279 Email – orna@ornakretchmer.com