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Practically born with a crayon in her hand, Jan Blencowe considers visual art her first language. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she has been talking. Her formal training began in New York in high school, all the basics coupled with an unusual beginning at a young age painting in the abstract expressionist style. The fine art program at Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ followed where she received a BFA, magna cum laude, in 1984 with concentrations in painting, color and art history. Her college years also included an internship at the Montclair Museum, Montclair, NJ.
Her most artistically significant continuing study is engaging in painting en situ, outdoors on location learning under the care, nurture and guidance of the greatest, most profound mentor, Mother Nature.
Blencowe’s creative goals include continuing the path forged by the great American landscape painters who so seamlessly merged the grand but temporal beauties of nature and the sublime spirituality present in every living thing. Her passion for connection continues to lead her into the ever evolving world of the internet and social media as a conduit for bringing together artists and art lovers all over the globe.
Select Shows, Awards and Honors
•Two paintings on display in the American Embassy in Honduras as part of the US Department of State Art in Embassies Program.
•June/July 2009 Landscapes by the Hudson Valley Daily Painters Show, Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, NY
•Represented the state of Connecticut in the Paint America Top 100 Landscape and Mini Top 50 competitions in both 2006 and 2008
•2008 Dune Drama juried into the New Britain Museum of American Art Show
•2008 Lyme Art Assoc. Summer Painting & Sculpture Exhibition, juried by David Leffel and Sherri McGraw
•2008 Connecticut Plein Air Painters Show Silo Gallery, juried by Gregory James Mullen, owner Gregory James Gallery, New Milford, CT
•2008 Gallery at 85 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT For the Love of Art-group show
•2008 Solo Show, Landscapes of Peace, Friends & Co. Madison, CT
•2007 Gallery at 85 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT
A Different View- group show
A Visual Edible Feast- group show
Treasures Great and Small- group show
•2007 Solo Show A Year at Hammonasset, Gallery at 85 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT