Since Jan had no formal art education, she thought maybe a class or two would get the juices flowing, put her on a path of structure and form. Watercolors were first. Under the tutelage of Sandy Maudlin, Jan turned inner images to reality on paper. The classes she took from Sandy at her Hidden Valley Lake studio got the fire going, helped Jan create a language that would allow her to express herself but she soon realized that two dimensions were not enough…add a hint of control freak into the mix, and you can see how the language she was learning was going to be limiting.
A visit to a recycled art show was the eye opener. The show was a wonderland of creations formed of beer cans, bent and tarnished silverware, copy machine parts, pizza boxes, swaths of old Brooks Brothers’ suits. Everything and anything could be used to express and Jan got the message and a new language. Neanderthal twine art was born. Of course as an artist grows, a need arises to move beyond initial urges, so now it is more than just baling twine that sits in her artist’s bag. Although there is a lot of that in pink and and blue and black and white, orange and various pale yellows…she orders it by the skid. In addition to baling twine, anything that can be twisted, knotted, tied, looped, wrapped and crimped is fair game, so the expressive voices of wire, cable, string, rubber bands, cord, and thread, have rounded out the symphony, and the baling twine is no longer singing solo.
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