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This woodcut collage technique provided a spontaneous new way of working that seemed to stream into her consciousness without prior contemplation as to  the message or imagery.  The work was a derivative of the unique wood-grain patterns and depended on seeing in a new way while allowing the result to be discovered in the moment. The resulting life-sized, ethereal figures made of  black and white printing ink on Japanese paper seemed to speak to the universality of life and the oneness of all of creation, where cellular patterns in the wood-grain, resembled human musculature and mimicked the energetic display of galaxies in the cosmos, simultaneously.


This was the beginning of her love of working with wood, which later led to hand-carving large black walnut sculptures, which were also guided by an inner prompting but much more physically demanding than the collage work. A blending of realism and abstraction is seen in these 2-D and 3-D works that offer a glimpse into the cultural, stylistic concerns of African and Indonesian art.

Her work has received numerous awards in juried exhibitions and is collected widely in the U.S.  Recent work involves more vibrant color combining digital photography collage, painting and mixed-media collage, along with the woodcut imagery. She remains committed to developing her creative skills through opening to hear inner meditative guidance, receiving artworks of a healing nature.  She has been humbly made aware that it is through respect for the work and thankfulness for the love and blessings given that this artwork has come through.  The work teaches her about the nuances of life lessons that can be universally shared by all who connect with it. Messages for uplifting humanity are common themes drawing on her African American upbringing and cultural heritage, which she loves and feels deeply.

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  Jan in the studio with multiple pieces in process. 

Creativity unlocks the bars
      that hold us back.                                                                                      
                  The Freedom to express our truth
                   is key to healing the self.

                            Inner struggle leads to the
                             potential for growth.

                                     Self-confrontation & inner
                                      reflection restores the soul.


The Divinity within me salutes the Divinity within you)

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