Jan Deswik
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Jan Deswik

Artist Bio

Jan Deswik works primarily from mental images, memories and impressions. “I aim for an ethereal, dreamlike quality to convey an emotional experience rather than a snapshot of the subject.   While my subjects are based loosely on scenes and experiences from the natural world, this abstract, interpretive style sharply diverges from the photorealistic portrayals more typical of watercolor artists.

What is important to me is what the viewer sees in a painting, what I could think about it is not remotely as interesting to me as what you tell me you see.
What I look to provide a student of watercolor is the joy that comes in putting paint on paper and sharing the delight I feel in that process, whether it’s paper, canvas or moose antler.”

Artist Statement

Working primarily from mental images, memories and impressions I aim for an ethereal, dreamlike quality to convey an emotional experience rather than a mere snapshot of the subject. While my subjects are based loosely on scenes and experiences from the natural world, this abstract, interpretive style sharply diverges from the photorealistic portrayals more typical of watercolor artists.Currently a resident of Naples, Florida, I take advantage of having lived and traveled in the Far East and draw upon the influences of Asian styles and techniques such as the vibrant colors of Japanese woodblock prints, the perspectives of Chinese landscape painting and the simple yet elegant images of sumi-e ink painting.I want to draw you, the viewer, into the images prompting individual interpretation and a personalization of the viewing experience. Sometimes this is with unexpected use of color, shape and perspective, and sometimes it is the changes in the subject from everyday to memory inspired. What is important to me is what the viewer sees in a painting, what I could think about it is not remotely as interesting to me as what you tell me you see.

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Jan Deswik