“For ‘Life Abundant’ my paintings are part of a series of regional paintings of forest, vineyards, wheat and lavender farms of the Tualatin Valley in Oregon.” –-Jan Shield, Professor Emeritus of Art at Pacific University, Forest Grove
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Jan Shield was at Pacific University in Forest Grove for forty years, twenty one of them as chairman of the art department. His tenure is the longest of any professor in the school’s history.
“These paintings express a sort of witness to the soil becoming the grass and how plant life abounds joined in a harmony of space and form. No doubt the influence of Da Vinci’s fascination with life, the movement of water, and his brushwork called sfumato (softness of all edges) is evident in my interest in the flow and modulation of color and rich contrasts that beyond being representational. From a slight breeze in the early morning to the enclosure and stillness of the coming of late afternoon before darkness … I keep painting.” Jan Shield
“Some of my new work is very abstract, textural done for the pure enjoyment of itself, more expressive, experimental and highly representational to environmental responses.” Jan Shield
Jan Shield at Fairweather’s
“For April my works are full of energy to create a feeling of the air merging with the trees and fields where from the earth they grow. They express a sort of witness to the soil becoming the grass and how plant life abounds joined in a harmony of space and form,” Jan Shield, Professor Emeritus of Art at Pacific University.
“I was commissioned to create for the new Astoria Memorial Cancer Planetree Hospital/ CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative. A Select number of seventeen regional artists were requested to make work for the interior spaces along with Richard Rowland of Astoria to create a large anagama fired ceramic entry mural. My painting is an acrylic on canvas, 6ft 8in by 3ft 4in related to a forest visit.” Jan Shield
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