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Artist Jan Stommes


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Biography


HOW I STARTED MY ARTISTIC JOURNEY
 
 How I got started with painting involved a life changing event for me. When my middle son was only a few months old, my brother [that was eighteen years older than I] died when his home furnace malfunctioned and he succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
I was devastated.
 
While tending to my toddler and infant, I happened to see William Alexander on TV,
who preceded Bob Ross as the "Happy Painter".
He made painting seem so easy as he quickly completed a painting in the short time of the TV show.
I tried my hand at painting, reading countless books from the library.
 
Through my grief I found a new passion.
 
It was NOT an easy process, but I stuck it out. 
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Jan Stommes is a self-taught artist whose work has evolved during her many years of painting. She is an eclectic person and feels that her painting should reflect that aspect of her personality. Her academic endeavors trained her to be a research scientist, which developed the observational skills necessary for creating art. During her artistic journey, her interest in subject matter has varied and the choice of her medium has evolved.
 
Jan is a Signature Member of The Society of Animal Artists and is also a member of the International Guild of Realism, the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and the American Impressionists Society.
 
Jan started her painting career using watercolor on paper, and after many years, she switched to super-realism by means of acrylic on illustration board. She then added impressionism and painterly realism in oils, on supports of canvas or panel, to her repertoire along with soft pastels.  
 
Jan constantly strives to take on challenges by trying something new in [...]

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