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9 x 12"
oil on linen on panel
Artist's Statement

The influence of brilliant teachers has been monumental in my development as an artist. I travel to paint and the experience of observing a masterful painting has been a critical factor in my development as a painter. I study great masters such as, Carravaggio, 17th Century Dutch masters, 19th Century French academicians, Inness, Sargent, Homer and others. My classical painting instruction began 20 years ago when I was directed to a class taught by a former monitor of the Frank Mason class, Bill Darling. A few years later, I had the great fortune to study with the internationally known painter, Frank Mason (American, b.1922) who has taught 50 years at the Art Students League in New York. His teacher, Frank Vincent Dumond, was a principal painter at the Lyme Art Colony, Lyme, Connecticut, early in the last century. The influence of these brilliant painters and teachers has been so monumental in my development as an artist, that it is hard to imagine that it could have happened any other way.

  “There a moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.”  
Robert Henri

I am compelled to try and represent the beauty I see in the world.

I generally begin my landscape paintings outside early in the day or at sunset. The light at these times of day is the most inspiring. I usually finish these landscapes in my studio or begin new ones from the outdoor study. When painting a still life or interior, I control the natural light on the subjects to obtain strong light and shadow impressions.

  “He who looks on nature with a loving eye, cannot move from his dwelling without the salutation of beauty . . . . or yet add the sunset, that wreath of glory daily bound around the world, and he, indeed, drinks from pleasure’s purest cup”  
Thomas Cole

Most of Jan’s works are inspired by the Vermont landscape, where she resides. She also travels to paint and study masters’ paintings. View her scenes of Ireland, Italy and France on this website.

Jan’s paintings have been selected for numerous national juried shows, corporate collections and she has completed many successful commissions.