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Jan Fordyce

Jan Fordyce Paintings

"As a visual artist, I am constantly intrigued by painting the abstract qualities of water. The reflected and refracted imagery, hinting at the surrounding environment, is broken by the movement of water, creating fascinating shapes, patterns, and colors that swirl into and out of each other. I capture a moment of time as the water is stopped in its movement. "

Jan Fordyce's water paintings tell a story—a metaphor for human experiences, whether it's the relationship between ripples in water and ripple effects in our lives, or the idea of what lies beneath the surface in water and in ourselves. Her paintings also express a sense of tranquility, while giving importance to water as a resource, which is so vital to our existence, yet so often taken for granted.

Inspiration and reference for Fordyce's paintings come from her travels to lakes, rivers, and other places—Africa, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the High Sierra mountains, the iconic Colorado River near her home. Each location presents a unique sense of place and environment, which she captures in the rich color of oil paint on canvas. Viewed up close, her paintings appear to be abstract compositions of shape and pattern, but viewed from a distance, the imagery of water and movement becomes apparent.

Jan Fordyce started pursuing drawing and painting at an early age. She attended California College of the Arts in the Bay Area for two years and went on to receive a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of California at Davis. She then pursued an MFA in fiber arts and photography. She has studied with notable artists such as Quang Ho, Dale Chisman, and Doug Dawson.

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Golden Reflections
Oil Painting

$ 2,000
$ 1,700
Sun Ripple
Oil Painting

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Cool Day Ripple
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Glowing Reflections
Oil Painting

$ 1,600
$ 1,360
Sunlight Spring
Oil Painting

$ 1,000
$ 850
Swirl in Red
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Luangwa Sundown
Oil Painting

$ 2,000
$ 1,700
The Ripple Effect
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Circular Thought
Oil Painting

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Water's Edge
Oil Painting

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Falling Mist
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 250
$ 212.50
Water Waved
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Water Jewels II
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 260
$ 221
Merging Ripples
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 250
$ 212.50
Water Jewel I
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 260
$ 221
Below the Surface
Oil Painting

$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Happy Find
Oil Painting

$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Power Surge
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Ripple of Uncertainty
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Fractured Droplets
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Cascade
Oil Painting

$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Making Contact, Denver, Colorado, Center For the Visual Arts, 2014
National Juried Show, New York City, New York, Prince St. Gallery, 2014
Metro State University Faculty Show, Denver, Colorado, Emmanual Gallery, 2013
Mural Project, Denver, Colorado, Children's Hospital of Denver, 2011
Collective Nouns, Denver, Colorado, Center for the Visual Arts, 2011
Winter Show, Denver, Colorado, Children's Hospital of Denver, 2011
Practice What You Teach, Denver, Colorado, Colorado State Capitol, 2010
Metro Biennial, Denver, Colorado, Emmanual Gallery, 2009
Collective Nouns, Denver, Colorado, Center for the Visual Arts, 2009
American Art Collector Book, Berkelely, Ca., Alcove Press, 2008