Jan often refers to herself as a “born again” artist. She was an active artist in high school and college, but then found herself with little time for art as she started her “real career” as an HR professional. Now that she has semi-retired, she can once again focus on her passion – ART! She works primarily in mixed media, using a combination of paper and acrylic paint to make interesting abstract and impressionist pieces filled with color.
“Traditionally an oil painter, I have moved into mixed media after taking a class at a recent art convention and have enjoyed the challenge with this new technique. I like to recycle, so after deciding on a theme, I list all the things that go along with it, and then I start rummaging. I use papers, sticks, toys, wire, fabrics, lace, photographs, what ever I can find that lends itself to the theme. I adhere the items, then I use paints, stains, and metallics to complete the process.”
“This Fabric Mosaic piece was inspired by a trip through one of the many National Parks in Utah. The sights and beautiful colors of the rock formations kept me busy with camera phone in hand. The most significant moments came when we drove through a tunnel and just as we came out on the other side we saw a panoramic view of the mountain ranges that took my breath away. It’s nearly impossible to recreate such beauty from God’s handiwork but it was a memory I wanted to capture.”
“I created this piece using colored pencils on a colored paper. I was inspired by a black and white photo of Doctor Sylvie Earle, a noted marine biologist. Being an avid scuba diver and having a passion for the ocean, I really enjoyed the subject matter and the challenge of rendering the subject in color using the media I had chosen. Thanks for viewing and I hope you will make it to the LAG Gallery, 2634 North 48th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska to view more of my work as well as the other artists who are displaying work.
“I painted this piece at a dark time when all of the civil unrest began with the different movements and violence toward law enforcement. I wanted to portray strength and resolve and what better subject do that with than an intense edge?”
“A lot of my work has stories behind it. Most of my inspiration comes from an event, some funny, some intense, but usually significant either way.”