Flitting with this Nature

An exhibition by Jan Duschen

On view March 2 - March 27, 2015

Please join us for a closing reception on Friday, March 27th
from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Prairie Lights Cafe!

Artist's Statement:

People often ask “Why do you choose to draw birds, Jan?”

One could say I am attempting to form a meaningful connection with nature. I spend a lot of time observing birds, whether in the activity surrounding backyard feeders, looking into gardens, or raising my head up to the trees on a walk. As reference for my work, I often choose my images from a growing collection of photographs taken by fellow bird watcher Ben Horstmann, who is himself on a constant mission to document the many varied species of our feathered friends.

Birds are fascinating little gems, offering a limitless range of color and intricate markings to examine. To me they present an irresistible opportunity to translate a seemingly infinite amount of detail into my art. The use of bold flat color in the space surrounding the high- gloss layered fine-work further shapes the characteristics of each individual bird. I aim to visually represent these creatures so they may be seen as beings of striking beauty, rather than merely objects of nature. It is my intent to reveal and enhance the personality of each bird, hopefully demonstrating why I think they are worthy of our study and love.

About the artist:

Jan Duschen is an artist based out of Iowa City. She received her BFA in both Drawing and Ceramics from Clarke University in 1999. Jan exhibits her artwork regionally, and her work is included in private collections throughout the United States.

Currently, Jan balances her time between drawing and painting in her home studio and being the assistant manager at Blick Art Materials in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by her immediate surroundings of her daily life, with a growing focus on native birds.

For more information, please visit the artist’s website here: http://www.facebook.com/pjannymarie

For more information about The Times Club gallery or to purchase work, please contact curator Sarika Sugla at timesclubgallery@prairielights.com