Jan Palmer: A Retrospective
August 8 - September 13, 2020
"I am now in my eighth decade, still actively painting and each week trying new ideas and new ways to paint the old ideas. My style is painterly representation with the object of focus often handled in some detail against a freely painted background and with light a most important element. Because I had a foot in each discipline (fine art art and illustration) one is bound to influence the other. I want a portrait to be more than a likeness; I want it to express a mood or an idea. If it's a portrait of an old house I want to tell a story of its past family life. Landscapes, more frequently than not, have a figure in them. Living and painting in the Adirondacks has made me feel a kinship with a long line of realist painters who have been inspired by this beautiful area."
- Jan Palmer
Jan Palmer was born in Saint John N.B. Canada. Her regular schooling was followed by three years of art school with its emphasis on fine art and also commercial applications. Her career in the US began with window display and magazine illustration which led to book illustration. She was a children's book illustrator for thirty five years working for most of the major publishers. Over twenty school and commercial books have her illustrations as well as five Raggedy Ann and Andy books for Simon and Schuster. After retiring she returned to her love of painting landscapes and portraits and she began to enter juried shows. Jan has received numerous awards including both the Gold and Silver medals as well as four others from the Adirondack National Exhibition of Watercolors from VIEW in Old Forge, N.Y. Other awards are from the National Exhibition of Watercolors in Kent, CT. and the Green Mountain Exhibition in Waitsfield, Vermont. Jan's two daughters and son-in-law live in Connecticut and the girls have been the subjects of several paintings. She is one of the founding members of the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society and is a member as well of the Adirondack Pastel Society in whose shows she actively participates.
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