Jan Hagara's unique ability to capture the innocence of childhood has earned her a world-wide reputation as an artist and as a creator of collectible prints, and porcelain dolls, collector plates, and figureines. Her works, all based on her original watercolor paintings, are instantly recognizable: young children in Victorian-era costumes clutching dolls, toys, or flowers while looking out through wide, wistful eyes. Hagara finishes each of her paintings with two blue "hash marks," usually in the child's hair, which have become her special artist signature and which appear on her figurines as well. Oklahoma native Hagara began as a watercolorist in the 1960s, and turned her hobby into a full-time career with her husband Bill in 1975. After showing in a large collectibles show in 1978, their life changed. Many producers saw Hagara's unique style for the first time and the contracts began with companies to produce collector plates, figurines, dolls, tins, stitchery, and much more. In 1987 the Hagaras bought out both companies that produced her figurines, including Royal Orleans, and moved them to Georgetown, Texas.