On the cover:
"Sentinel" is an original oil painting by Jan Comstock.
Comstock works in watercolor, pastel and oils to capture a mood or emotion. Her goal is to pull the viewer into the painting and create a personal reaction.
In her own words:
"After receiving a BFA in art and art education I have devoted my life to the arts in one form or another. As a freelance graphic artist and designer for 37 years, I have drawn or painted everything from medical supplies and equipment; to real estate; to women’s apparel; to animals of all shapes and sizes."
"I have done work for many different national organizations. In Door County, samples of my logo designs and hand carved signs with pictorials can be seen at a number of businesses."
"Over the years I received numerous awards of recognition for my work and was published in a hardbound book titled, Signs Of The Times. I was invited by the US Government to display a piece of my work in a touring Cultural Exchange Exhibit titled Design USA."
"I then switched directions and spent twelve years working for two non-profit arts organizations in Door County, my passion being educating the public about the visual arts, retiring as executive director in 2008 to pursue my personal art goals."
"Over the past 40 years, I have worked in many different mediums including watercolor, pastel and currently have returned to oils. In my paintings, I strive to capture a mood or emotion. I want to pull the viewer into the painting and have them react based on their own life experiences. It is always thought provoking to hear how different those reactions can be."
"Artistic style, I believe, is an evolving process, growing and changing with each painting. I consider myself lucky to have a visual language in which I can express things that move me and thereby encouraging others to take a closer look at the world around them. The American painter, Robert Henri, once stated that art can be a powerful voice for anything, and artists should be the people who keep track of the unnoticed adventure underlying the routine of daily life. That art is the means to jolt ourselves and others awake to the wonder of being alive."
For more information on works by Jan Comstock, contact her at www.jancomstock.com or call her at 920.839.2311.