It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures. ~ Vincent van Gogh
Jan Boone has been holding an artist’s paint brush in her hand since her childhood on a farm in northwest Ohio. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Miami University in 1975, she began a career with Cincinnati’s Gibson Greetings Company, where she served for some twenty years in varied capacities.
In recent years, her reputation and success as an oil painter emerging, she has had an opportunity to train with prominent area and national artists. Jan Boone is a sought after teacher and lecturer, and enjoys associations with local art organizations.
Larger and more complicated paintings are often worked out in pastel studies, but Jan Boone is attracted to the rich colors of oils and the old masters technique of building a painting in layers.
Color, composition, and storytelling are all a part of her work. Tranquility and serenity, even humor, reflect from the canvas to the viewer – sometimes in contrast to the fairly bright color strokes.
The result is a softened realism that may be serene – or sparked with wry humor! Her painting style also has been described as painterly realism, a style where mood and character are more important than detailed realism. Many her images carry a narrative, often reflected in the work’s title.
Recurring subjects seem to fall into three categories that reflect Jan's heart: Cincinnati landmarks, Ohio farm scenes, and river paintings. Her paintings’ subjects typically come from everyday scenes that usually include people.
Despite this variation, there is one identifying constant, Jan Boone points out: “The tempo is always laid back.”
Jan Boone has won numerous awards and been accepted in juried exhibits in regional and national competitions.
Jan’s work has won numerous awards in competitions held by the Mason Art Association and the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, as well as being accepted in juried shows at the Fitton Center in Butler County, and the Cincinnati Art Club.
Jan Boone served as President of the Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati.
She is a Signature Member of the Cincinnati Art Club, the second oldest art club in the country. By the club’s own creed, “Members exhibiting under this banner meet the historical standards of excellence established by the founding members in 1890, and have passed an anonymous review.”
Corporate Collections Include:
• Cincinnati Financial Corporation
• Mercy of Fairfield Hospital
• A-Peeling Fund Raising
• Castellini Company
• West Chester Medical Center
• Bethesda Foundation
• William Mercer, Inc.
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