“My mixed-media paintings are mainly powered charcoal, gelled onto watercolor paper. Charcoal may weird, it is not just black and white and it is not smudgy, provides texture. Along with charcoal, I add as many as twenty-two layers of transparent paint, each layer is sealed with clear gel. I hide things in layers, like turtles. It takes awhile as each layer has to be dry before another layer can be applied. The resulting art work has a three-dimensional aspect. Truly, working with charcoal gives the painting visual textural mystery. The technique allows the viewer to dive in and have their own adventure. It is never the same. In different light or from different angles, various images come forward or recede. Indeed, the painting offers a new perspective each time it is viewed.” Jan Rimerman
Artist Jan Rimerman with Megan, art assistant to the artist, at Fairweather House and Gallery.
Megan, art assistant, at the Fairweather Gallery during the opening reception of “Sense of Place”, shows an exciting composition by Jan Rimerman featuring multiple layers of charcoal and paint creating stones and water.
At the opening artist’s reception at Fairweather House and Gallery, Jan Rimerman opens the magazine Cascade Living/ spring 2018 edition, to an article about working magic with charcoal and paint while raising money for wetlands and her favorite animal.
Close up of “Secrets of the Stream”
“I hide turtles in layers,” Jan Rimerman
More about the artist:
Jan Rimerman has followed her artistic muse since childhood. This journey has carried her to South America, the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Indonesia.
Jan’s work was influenced by Dürer, Schöngauer, and Blake. Carl Hall and Robert Hess were influential professors at Willamette University. Rimerman also studied art at the City University in London, Portland State University and at the University of Washington.
Her own work began to exhibit a contemporary twist using traditional elements and principles of design of these masters.
She spent many months in France studying the lives and techniques of her favorite Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. These masters use of light and color taught her to look at her subject matter more critically in terms of light and shadow. Her silent mentors were Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Monet.
Then…colored pencil was introduced into Jan’s world when a box was presented to her by her Aunt and Uncle. This gift changed her life forever. The world of colored pencil wrapped Jan up and massaged every bit of drawing talent in her. Line, shape, color and texture magically became borders, flowers and landscapes coming alive under her fingertips. She was pushed into the limelight winning many national awards and was published in internationally distributed books and magazines. The rhythmic movement and elegance of Art Nouveau, and particularly Mucha’s borders, are evident influences in this era of her art work.
Gradually the light and color Jan used to create representational art metamorphosed into abstract images. Her appreciation of Klimt, Rothko, and Kahn has influenced her abstract style. Most recently, Jan has been exploring color, movement, and composition using mixed media. The powdered charcoal and fluid transparent acrylics give her the freedom to work out color theory and multiple dimensions with her very individual layered style. Jan is constantly reaching and stretching for new shapes and color combinations to create exciting compositions to create the illusion that you may jump right into the painting and swim through it.
Jan Rimerman discusses her art process during an artist’s reception at Fairweather House and Gallery.
“Thank you for the beautiful reception! The gallery looked stunning! I wish you a splendid summer season. Thank you for including me in your juried show.” Jan Rimerman
Read more about the artist Jan Rimerman:
Rock…Paper…Turtle…Art for Wetlands is a fundraiser to help restore the Western Pond Turtle habitat in the Nyberg Wetlands…
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty flagship publications … Cascade Living Magazine – Spring 2018 – … /For the Lover of Turtles/ ...Jan Rimerman
In good company, “Sense of Place” photo collage. Images from the Fairweather House and Gallery artist’s reception.
For more info, about the event, please go to http://www.facebook.com/ Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.
The Fairweather June exhibit, “Sense of Place, laid claim to our unique little corners of our individual world –special only to ourselves. Surely, what we all seek is a place that allows us to indulge in out dreams, hopes and wishes. What we all seek to find is that special place and time that offers a bit of momentary solitude that fortifies our spirits and rejuvenates our energies.
“Sense of Place” through June, 2018.
For more information, go to www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com