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A Naturalist Approach: The Art Portfolio of Jan Pearson

A painting of a sunset over waterher path, acrylic on wrapped canvas


Jan Pearson takes a naturalist approach to painting, rendering her subjects in a gestural, almost abstracted quality that suggests movement and ethereality. Growing up in rural Missouri, the artist has been inspired by nature, an inspiration that’s reflected in both her subject matter and style.

An abstracted painting of a woman in a yellow hoodieChill'n


There’s a wonderful sense of movement in almost all of Jan’s paintings – though an image may be focused on a single figure or form, the viewer’s eye is still drawn across the canvas by the brush strokes that seem to fly off in definite directions, merging and separating throughout the image.

A screen capture of Jan Pearson's art portfolio websiteJan's painting portfolio website,


In many of her paintings, Jan utilizes a cohesive colour scheme that lends a sense of wholeness to the picture plane – a painting of a waterfall, for example, may be rendered almost exclusively in tones of blue, green, and teal. I also enjoy the moments where Jan experiments with a more intense contrast – several paintings in her Abstracts gallery take a heavier, darker, more textured approach to Jan’s gestural style of painting, creating a dramatic and intriguing mood, something like the work of David Ferguson.

A painting of a woman and a tigerTIGER - TIGER, acrylic on wrapped canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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