Jan is an eclectic artist who enjoys working in acrylics, calligraphy, collage, and the paper arts. Currently, her favorite projects are those that incorporate techniques from multiple art forms and multiple media.
For Jan, mathematics was the first step, but not the only step, leading to her discovery of a love for art, all sorts of art which occupy her heart and mind and talents today. Jan received a BA and MA in Mathematics and Statistics and spent almost 20 years in the aerospace and defense software industry in the SF Bay area. During subsequent years in Carmel, CA, she became an active member of the Sea Scribes Calligraphy Guild where she found that she was enchanted with the exact detail and fluidity of making a calligraphic mark. Over time, Jan has taken workshops at the International Calligraphy Conference (2001, 2007, 2015, 2021), as well as many years at Letters CA Style and Ghost Ranch’s Literally Letters weeks, where she was able to take workshops with nationally and internationally-known artists.
In Sedona, Jan joined the Northern AZ Watercolor Society (NAWS), the Sedona Arts Center, and El Valle Artists Association. She has taken many classes with these groups and enjoys the camaraderie. Her work has been honored with awards from professional jurors and fellow artists in all of these organizations. She was most recently honored by becoming one of the original Signature members of NAWS.
The pandemic has brought an unexpected new opportunity for learning in Zoom classes with some of her favorite instructors, as well as new ones. She has thoroughly enjoyed being in these sessions and has added to her skills.
Jan also enjoys participating in local art shows and boutiques where her handmade cards, prints and jewelry are sought after.
Welcome to Jan Saunders' Whimsical Art Attacks