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Jan Jenkins Gallery
Shape, color, light and rhythm fire my need for creative expression, to communicate and share my spirit in a non-verbal way. Creating art brings passion and purpose to my life, and I do so in a variety of mediums, with a focus on artwork for smaller spaces. In 2008 I retired and moved from Calgary, Alberta to Dauphin, Manitoba where I now actively pursue my art with the same intensity as I devoted to my previous career in the energy industry.
My series “Zenworks” reflects my love of pen and ink and a desire to combine symbolism with original poetry creating abstract imagery from spontaneous strokes and repeating patterns. “Zenworks” emerge through a tranquil, meditative state that frees me to explore and experiment with line, shape and colour. Todate I have created more than 40 Zenworks in pen and ink.
I was inspired towards creating my “Zenworks” in late 2011 when I read about zendoodling, a process of drawing beautiful images from repetitive patterns. This artform not only fascinates me, it increases my focus and commitment to creative self-expression. I’ve been so encouraged with the results of how it liberates my creative flow, providing a more spontaneous, fluid and intuitive approach to my art.
I also experiment with other mediums, curious how my artistic expression and style translate to other art forms, such as printmaking, watercolor, acrylic and oil pastel. A sgraffito technique - scratching away one layer of colour to reveal an underlying color – combined with oil pastels has recently captured my heart, becoming a new area of study and exploration for me.
Jan is an active supporter of the arts through her volunteer work, membership and participation in arts-related organizations. Her work hangs in private collections throughout Canada and the USA.
For more information about Jan and her artwork, please visit her website www.RiverWestArtworks.com
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