Jan is a native of the American Southwest. In 1980 she moved to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to join the Fine Arts faculty at Mary Baldwin College. During her tenure at Mary Baldwin, Jan completed three residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. During her final residency at the Cité, Jan began to exhibit in Paris and received critical attention from the international press. Her paintings were shown in three of Paris’s juried salons including the most respected Salon de Montrouge. In 1990 the offer of a permanent studio at La Ruche, one of Paris’s most well-known artist’s colonies, was instrumental in Jan’s decision to return to France. La Ruche is now home to the “Queen Bee”, the intaglio press where Jan prints etchings, monotypes, and collagraphs. She paints and teaches in a second studio near the Seine, adjacent to the Parc André Citroën.
My residency at SFAI enabled gave me valuable time out to reconnect with myself, my art, and my roots in the Southwest. During my residency I also befriended three other artists from Europe who were doing inspiring work in the landscape around Santa Fe. We visited local galleries and attended several openings, lectures and concerts in town as an invited guests of the SFAI. Thank you for such an opportunity.