Jan Rimerman

Jan’s inspiration comes from observing nature’s evolution of changing forms in light & shadow. Growing up with the forests & along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest gives Jan an appreciation of each evolving landscape.

Color, texture, form, light & shadow are balanced in Jan’s creations. Beginning with a painting of powdered charcoal lends the finished painting a hint of textural mystery. Rimerman occasionally adds & molding paste which gives a physical three dimensional aspect which heightens with the additional thin layers of transparent fluid acrylic paint. As many as 22 layers of paint are applied on top of the initial black and white powdered charcoal foundations. Building up these various textures & color unveil hidden images in the different lights of the day & season. The work presents something fresh each time you view it.

Rimerman studied art at the City University in London, at Willamette University, Portland State University and at the University of Washington. She studied closely with Carl Hall and Robert Hess at Willamette University in Salem and has a great respect for both artists. Her work is found in ten books, magazines & greeting cards. Jan exhibits her work at the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, the Coos Art Museum, & at the Blackfish Gallery in La Conner, WA.

Travel adventures include Europe, China, Africa, Indonesia & South America. Exploring the Peruvian Amazon, Machu Picchu & the Galapagos was one of the favorite trips. This fall she landed in Europe for two months to absorb the energy of the masters. Some of her favorites are Albrecht Durer for his drawing skills, Alphonse Mucha for his art nouveau style and Gustav Klimt for his innovative courage. Impressionist painters that have influences Jan’s work are Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Paul Cezanne.

When not in the studio or traveling, Jan curates shows for the Justice Center Windows in downtown Portland, US Bank, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego & the Lakewood Foyer Gallery. Jan’s photography is well known for unusual perspectives & narrative. She uses it for presentations promoting the arts & culture while raising awareness for the World Wildlife Fund and an orphanage in Tibet. Playing competitive tennis keeps her on her toes too. Jan is the turtle mother of six rescue turtles which follow her around the studio like puppies.