BY BRIAN RIGGS
Fort Madison Area Arts Association
Just coming in from Portugal to hang at FMAAA gallery March 8th, Jan Rockwell, from Macomb, Illinois, will show throughout the month with “Journey of the MIND”. A reception will occur for Jan on March 10th from 5-7pm at 825 Ave G. E. I. Dupont is the sponsor for the exhibition. Many may know Jan under the Earth, Air, and Water artist slot found many years at Art-in-Central Park. She shares a booth with her husband Dean a potter. When it comes to painting, Jan is well versed in many styles including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and collage. Lately she has been gravitating toward encaustic and palette knife painting. Jan will present at FMAAA’s Lunch-ala-Art program when it returns March 31st at noon. SubArena will be the food vendor. Call the gallery at 319-372-3996 to reserve a slot.
Jan received her BS and MS at Western Illinois University. She has been on a whirlwind tour of exhibitions of late showing in our tri-state area. She has had solo shows at Foster Gallery in Peoria, West Central Illinois Art Center in Macomb, WIU Student Gallery in Macomb, and Metro Center Community College in Omaha. She has been in juried group exhibitions at Wichita Art Center, Galesburg Civic Center, Buchanan Art Center, and Illinois Watercolor Society in Oak Park, IL.
“Journey of the MIND is an exhibit of recently completed work on paper, panels or canvas. Many of the pieces are collaged with papers, encaustics (hot wax and pigment), and transfers (acrylic medium and image),” said Rockwell. “ The work is an exploration of the elements of art, focusing on color and surface texture. Landscapes are suggested and abstracted through various techniques. Paint is mainly applied using palette knives creating thick, buttery, engaging contrasts.
“Often the initial paint or sub-surface collage directs the path and eventually dictates the subject in the painting. The placement of one stroke of color encourages the mixture and placement of another. As an atmosphere develops, the “mindscape” emerges and travels from the sub-conscious or memory into its own reality. The abstract image allows a viewer to bring to the painting a personal interpretation of time and place.”
Her website is, www.earthairwater.com.
Rockwell is an innovative painter and has been a past cover artists for Expressions Art Auction. No foolin’ Expressions Auction occurs on April 1st at Comfort Inn&Suites. Ascend “Journey of the MIND” at FMAAA gallery Tues-Sat from 10am-5pm.