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Jan Fordyce

Jan Fordyce Paintings

"As a visual artist, I am constantly intrigued by painting the abstract qualities of water. The reflected and refracted imagery, hinting at the surrounding environment, is broken by the movement of water, creating fascinating shapes, patterns, and colors that swirl into and out of each other. I capture a moment of time as the water is stopped in its movement. "

Jan Fordyce's water paintings tell a story—a metaphor for human experiences, whether it's the relationship between ripples in water and ripple effects in our lives, or the idea of what lies beneath the surface in water and in ourselves. Her paintings also express a sense of tranquility, while giving importance to water as a resource, which is so vital to our existence, yet so often taken for granted.

Inspiration and reference for Fordyce's paintings come from her travels to lakes, rivers, and other places—Africa, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the High Sierra mountains, the iconic Colorado River near her home. Each location presents a unique sense of place and environment, which she captures in the rich color of oil paint on canvas. Viewed up close, her paintings appear to be abstract compositions of shape and pattern, but viewed from a distance, the imagery of water and movement becomes apparent.

Jan Fordyce started pursuing drawing and painting at an early age. She attended California College of the Arts in the Bay Area for two years and went on to receive a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of California at Davis. She then pursued an MFA in fiber arts and photography. She has studied with notable artists such as Quang Ho, Dale Chisman, and Doug Dawson.

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Winter's Glow
Oil Painting

$ 2,000
Summer Seas
Oil Painting

$ 2,400
Breeze
Oil Painting

$ 3,200
Splash
Oil Painting

$ 3,200
Fresh Air
Oil Painting

$ 3,200
Lyrical Surf
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
Ocean Breeze II
Oil Painting

$ 1,800
Warm Reflections
Oil Painting

$ 2,000
Winter Pond
Oil Painting

$ 1,600
Ocean Breeze
Oil Painting

$ 800
Catch the Light
Oil Painting

$ 2,000
Fragmented Ripple
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
Dusk
Oil Painting

$ 800
Autumn Glow
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
Spring Fling
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
Sun Ripple
Oil Painting

$ 3,800
Sunlight Spring
Oil Painting

$ 1,000
Water Waved
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 350
Merging Ripples
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 250
Water Jewel I
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 260
Water Jewels II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 260
Falling Mist
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 250
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Winter Show, Children's Hospital of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2011
Practice What You Teach, Colorado State Capitol, Denver, Colorado, 2010
Metro Biennial, Emmanual Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2009
Collective Nouns, Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, Colorado, 2009
American Art Collector Book, Alcove Press, Berkelely, Ca., 2008
Making Contact, Center For the Visual Arts, Denver, Colorado, 2014
National Juried Show, Prince St. Gallery, New York City, New York, 2014
Metro State University Faculty Show, Emmanual Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2013
Mural Project, Children's Hospital of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2011
Collective Nouns, Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, Colorado, 2011