Jan Kunz is well known for her luminous paintings that possess an inner glow and depth that rank her as one of the most collected watercolorists in America. Her paintings express her love for color and joy of life.
Though born in Oregon, Jan Kunz grew up in southern California where, while raising a family, she pursued a busy career as a commercial artist and art director for a major advertising firm. In 1980 she and her husband, Bill, retired to the Oregon Coast where she devoted herself full time to a 'second' career as a painter of fine art and a teacher.
Over the years Jan has written five books for North Light Books. Among them Painting Water Color Portraits that Glow, and Watercolor Basics "COLOR", which have been translated into Japanese and Chinese. She has taught well over 100 workshops and made three videos, "Painting a Portrait in Watercolor", "Roses in Crystal" and "Getting Started Right" produced by
Creative Catalyst Productions.
Early on, Jan was invited to show her work at the Pepper Tree Ranch by owners Mr. & Mrs. Bob Eubanks in Santa Inez, CA. Irma Eubanks established The Pepper Tree Art Show in 1976 to increase awareness of contemporary American Art. Over fifty artists and several hundreds of art works are featured every fall at this prestigious show. Attendance by artists and buyers alike is by invitation only. (see www.peppertreeartshow.com )
When asked about her paintings Jan will quickly admit she believes art is a holy gift. It is something that people should delight in doing and viewing. She says, as a teacher, she strives to keep painting fun for her students. One of the most important aspects of art is the joy people feel while creating it.
Jan's works are currently being showcased at The Rickert Gallery, 640 SW Bay Blvd. in Newport, the Rickert Art Center, 1107 SW Coast Highway and The Gallery at Salishan. Several of her recently released paintings from her private collection were used for illustrating her books on painting.
Jan Kunz will be in Newport in June to judge The Yaquina Art Association's show that will be running June 6th through 29th at the Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach. For more information contact The Yaquina Art Association, PO Box 274, Newport, OR. The show is open to all Lincoln County Artists. Entries close April 1, 2003.
Copyright © February 25, 2003
by Sue Andrews