I am a Grand Rapids native, growing up on the southeast side of town, eventually attending Kendall School of Design to pursue a profession in the field of Illustration. I was fortunate enough to have found something I really loved doing, illustrating children’s books...working out of my home studio also allowed me to live what was really my first love and passion: being “mom” to my seven children. When my kids were very young and my family still growing, we set our roots down on the West side of town and became “Westsiders”, which I still consider myself today. Throughout the years I have illustrated myriads of children’s books, portrait montages, and created large scale murals in churches, businesses, and homes. Four years ago I retired from the illustration profession, and decided to take my painting in an entirely different direction and form of expression. This is my first time participating as an artist in Artprize and I’m very excited about it.
Jan's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jan's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.