Janna Dahl was born and raised in the town of Tolyatti , Russia which is southeast of Moscow.. She lost her hearing at the age of four, within a world of silence, she observed everything in bold color and brilliant images. Her father was also an artist but she never observed him working. When she was around seven years old, she asked him if he could buy her painting supplies and without asking for lessons, she taught herself how to paint. With the encouragement of her family, she expressed her artistic ability on canvas throughout her childhood.
Calling her work "soul-inspired," Janna continued her art studies and graduated from Leningrad Rehabilitative Center in St. Petersberg with a degree in that respective field, initially specializing in oil painting and batik methods. Around that time, her artwork began to sell locally but she still needed to earn a living which made it more difficult for her to do artwork on a full-time basis.
Janna believes that everything happens for a reason, and when a friend invited her to visit Flagstaff, AZ in 2004 she knew she had to go. She fell in love with the Southwest and her future husband. Along the way, she learned the english language and applied for citizenship which is currently in process. Janna resides in Flagstaff with her husband and Russian son. Specializing in acrylic, she continues to produce various art pieces, some of which are already on display in local places, office of the Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County and The Seasoned Kitchen.