JSF Studios

<div style="color: rgb(33, 33, 33); font-family: wf_segoe-ui_normal, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, &quot;Segoe WP&quot;, Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; font-size: medium;">Jan Sullivan Fowler draws inspiration for her authentic art from three major facets: her subject, color and her medium. &ldquo;Growing up, we drove to relatives who lived out West,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I think I have seen almost every mountain range in America from the backseat of a station wagon. The mountains look as if you could reach out and touch them, but in reality it takes hours to get close. When I paint a mountain, I keep this concept in mind, using the morning light and long shadows in my work.&rdquo;</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; font-size: medium;">Fowler notes that subtle colors and combinations of colors have long been a passion of hers, and in some paintings, she uses these as a pretext for her vision of the piece. &ldquo;From the beginning, painting the colors with acrylic gave me the freedom to explore and evolve with the centuries-old color-mixing techniques first developed by monks to portray the blush on the Japanese cherry blossoms,&rdquo; she explains. &ldquo;By first painting on the gossamer-thin, handmade Japanese washi (wa means Japanese and shi paper), I give the painted washi time to cure and dry.&rdquo; This technique allows Fowler to paint bold and energized or subtle and ethereal color across a large area without it getting muddy. It will always remain visually light and floating. &ldquo;The washi itself is a medium that is so eager to please and perform in completely new and unique ways with each brushstroke,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I find the visually floating effects draw me along as I float with the colors and soft washi.&rdquo;</p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; font-size: medium;">Each morning before sunrise, Fowler walks and watches the first rays of light emerge on Lake Michigan. &ldquo;The images I wish to create and the colors I will use seem to come into focus and are quite clear to me in my mind&rsquo;s eye,&rdquo; she says of the daily experience. &ldquo;When I get home, there will be a warm cup of coffee and my canvas waiting.&rdquo;</p> </div> Arizona, Art and Framing, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin,