Artist Statement

I am a modern abstract artist who works primarily with mixed watermedia. My pieces are combinations of bright colors and bold brushstrokes collaged onto paper creating a visual experience often evoking a wry smile.

My inspiration is born from a passion for Mid-century Modern and Japanese art and their common threads with Finnish aesthetics using limited line and color, and simplicity of design.

Biography

Jan grew up in a Finnish-American family in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surrounded by the beauty of Lake Superior. She was taught the values of simplicity, organization, and a good pun. She graduated from Michigan Technological University and was a software professional by trade.

She spent her earlier life as an artist wannabe living in such places as upstate New York and Paris before settling in Seattle over 20 years ago. After many years as a successful commercial software executive, she found another passion to augment her creativity – watercolor painting.

Jan has developed a minimalistic abstract style with a wry sense of humor representative of her Finnish-American roots. Her paintings have been featured in numerous solo and group shows in the Pacific Northwest including Lynnwood Convention Center, Kirkland Library, Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, the city of Renton’s Carco Theatre, and Pratt Fine Arts Center. She is represented by the UP Front Gallery in Issaquah, WA,  and Tsuga Fine Art & Framing in Bothell, WA.

Jan was the winner of the 2013 William Radcliffe Studio Challenge Award at Kirkland Arts Center’s REDUX Auction, and is a past recipient of the Vascovitz Family Scholarship for Drawing and Painting at the Pratt Fine Arts Center. She is a member of Pratt Fine Arts Center, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, artEAST, and the Northwest Collage Society.

 

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