Artist Jan Perkins

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My focus is to become the very best painter I can be and to be as artistically authentic as possible, and still create work that communicates and gives the viewer a sense of beauty, peace, and connection.


Jan Perkins
I graduated in illustration from Utah State University.  I worked as an illustrator mostly for magazines and some fashion illustration. My career has taken many side roads before I finally started fine art painting, and painting what I really love.  Horses, cows, sheep, old farms, barns, and ranches, western rural landscapes are some of my favorite subjects.  I am especially interested in land conservation of our rural landscapes, and water. It’s the land that inspires me; the open spaces, the quite, and the beauty that I experience in my everyday life. When I am out on the land, around animals, I am immediately restored to peace, to wholeness, to an indescribable calm.  For me, these experiences are nothing less than sacred.  I strive to create paintings that reflect my inner experience.
The majority of my work is done in layers with a palette knife or a combination of palette knife and brush creating a variety of textures and color tones.  I paint what I respond to emotionally, places and scenes I connect with intuitively. 
My work has been exhibited in: Oil Painters of America Western, The American Plains Artists, The American Impressionist Society National Exhibitions, Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale, The Annual Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, The American Academy of Equine Artists, Small Works Great Wonders at The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma, American Woman Artists, and many exhibitions in Utah, and plein air events.  
My paintings are also included in the book, Reflections of the West: Poets and Painters, published in 2015 by Range Magazine.
"Rustic everyday scenes from the farm. There's a wholesome, back to an age of innocence quality to Perkins' work. It's easy to connect with." - Informed Collector
Exhibitions & Awards:
Women Out West: Professional Artists of Utah  Sears Art Museum Exhibition 2022
American Impressionist Society Online Exhibition [...]

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