For Jan Lord, music is more than a pleasurable pastime; its the inspiration behind her artwork.
Each painting, expressionist at its core, integrates not only the tone or mood of a favorite song,
but meaningful lyrics that remind her of the beautiful and exotic places she has been fortunate
to visit during her life.
She seeks to paint the essence of a song, from rock, blues and soul to classical and opera.
However, rock music tends to inspire her creativity. Beautiful, soulful lyrics remind her of
moments in time, perhaps the azure blue waters of the Bosporus in Istanbul, the colorful and
fragrant summers of Vancouver B.C., or the beautiful beaches of Southern California.
The juxtaposition of music, art and movies can be experienced in her paintings such as Cry Me
A River, Falling In Love With You and other memorable artists tunes. Jan’s expansive surfaces
command the attention of passers-by, reward the focus of new as well as seasoned collectors
and magically transform a space.
Early in her adult life growing up in Vancouver Canada, Jan was taught by several artists using
a variety of mediums. Oils, acrylics, stained glass, collage and water colors. In 2005 her life
and her art took on a new form, a freedom of expression and emotion when she moved to
Southern California. Jan continues to draw inspiration from great artists such as Helen
Frankenthaler, Jean Michel Basquiat, Cy Tombly and Frank Stella to name a few.
A Southern California resident for 15 years, Jan joined a group of artists in San Diego, where a
talented teacher and mentor encouraged her to paint with uninhibited freedom and color
leveraging a special glazing technique as well as collage.
Jan was two time recipient of First Prize in the 2D Mixed Media category at Beverly Hills Art
Show. 2016. She has also exhibited at Cube Art Fair in Brussels.
Jan paints on wood panels made by her husband out of Baltic Birch with Douglas Fir frames.
The wood rather than canvas allows her to embellish with mixed media such as paper, nuts
and bolts, aluminum and corrugated cardboard. Giving the piece added dimensions and
Jans original abstract paintings and mixed media assemblages have been exhibited in Aspen,
Austin, Beverly Hills, Brussels, Carmel, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, San Diego,
Scottsdale as well as private collectors’ homes and commercial properties.