Jan Heaton


Jan Heaton
Born in Michigan, Jan is a third-generation artist who calls Austin, Texas home. Jan’s artwork is represented by Hunt Gallery – San Antonio, Davis Gallery – Austin, and art dealers in Atlanta, and San Francisco. She teaches watercolor at the Contemporary Austin Art School, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Peninsula School of Art.

Jan Heaton’s artwork reaches for a sense of calm and tranquility. Her watercolors on paper are inspired by the structure, color, and pattern of elements in nature that are often overlooked. I prefer the watercolor medium, as I love paper and the organic manner in which the pigment integrates with the paper. The marks, pigment selections, and translucent layers are precise, thoughtful, and carefully orchestrated.

During the past ten years, I have been interested in art therapy and how color in our surrounding environments — particularly nature — influences our personal health and well-being. I began a journey to paint what brought me peace. With an emphasis on repetitive, and quiet patterns of movement found in nature I focused on line, color, and form.

I understand that my paintings may draw different meanings, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My intention is not to impose a specific message on the viewer. I often hesitate to title my paintings, for fear that they will be translated only according to my vision, and close the door to another interpretation. I hope my paintings will allow the viewer to observe a familiar object in a new way.

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