Jan Ross Watercolors

Jan has been creating art since the time she could hold a crayon. Her formal arts education began at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where she developed her passion for watercolor painting. She continued her studies while living/traveling in Europe for six years, as well as ongoing education through workshops with some of America’s top watercolor instructors. These include, M. Stephen Doherty, Editor in Chief, American Artist Magazine, John Salminen, Jan Kunz, Judi Betts, Jim Kosvanec, Gerald Brommer, Joseph Bohler, Joseph Fettingis, Mel Stabin, Jack Shields, Betty Carr, Mary Whyte, Arne Westerman, and Gary Curtis.
The Georgia Watercolor Society, The Missouri Watercolor Society, Western Colorado Watercolor Society, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama,  Alaska Watercolor Society, and North East Watercolor Society, have awarded her “Signature Membership”, their highest credential for achievement in watercolors. She also received her “Member of Excellence” the credential of highest ranking with the Atlanta Artists Center, the largest art organization in the Southeastern USA, in 2005. Her award-winning watercolors been accepted in more than 450 Local, Regional, National and International Juried Competitions, as well as numerous one-woman and invitational exhibitions.

Numerous local and national publications have featured Jan’s work. Most notably the watercolor, “On the Bit,” appeared on the cover of the International Magazine, “The Chronicle of the Horse” and the Missouri Watercolor Society’s International “Watercolor Studio” magazine. In 2008, Cobb County Commissioners and Board of Education is including her watercolor painting, “Baba, Afghani Elder” in a book celebrating top artists in Cobb County, for their 175th Anniversary.

Jan continuously strives to capture the ‘spirit’ of people, the essence of a place and the many textures of things around her. Having traveled to 27 foreign countries, this Ohio native has been fortunate to have an endless supply of subject matter. Her work is included in collections across the USA and Europe.  Currently, the Booth Museum of Western Art and Downtown Gallery in Cartersville, GA represent Jan’s work. As of 2017, Jan’s work has been exhibited in 44 states across the USA and in Europe.  Jan is on the faculty of the Hilton Head Island, SC Art League and Academy.

Jan’s work is “Up Close and Personal” as she continuously strives to capture the “spirit” and genuine personalities of people, the unique nature of animals, the essence of a place and the many textures of things around her. Her representational paintings feature saturated color achieved by layers of washes.

Jan has been a dedicated artist for the past 30years, having been a full time mother to her grown daughters, Jackie and Jenny. Jan lives on Daufuskie Island, SC
with her husband, Robert and cat Sweetie.


On the Bit

As seen on the cover of
"Chronicle of the Horse"









Paintings of People, Places, and Things 

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"Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth."

-- Pablo Picasso

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance, and this, and not the external manner and detail, is true reality."

-- Aristotle

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