The other week I had the pleasure of visiting local Kansas City artist Jan Fellers in her beautiful studio. Let me tell you, if you haven’t met her yet, you won’t want to miss your opportunity when she is at the shop April 26-28th! She is a treat, and so is Dave, her hugely supportive husband.
They welcomed me into their home and studio space with coffee, pastries, and some of the best fresh-squeezed orange juice! Enough about the breakfast spread though, the art was the real show stopper! I learned so much about Jan and her work – I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Jan has always had a passion for art. As a child, viewing and creating art is what she loved most. Later in life, she had the opportunity to travel with her husband and two daughters to beautiful locations around the world. She has been to 46 countries! Her art features scenes from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America.
While traveling to these far-off locations she photographs landscapes, historic buildings and views that are a dream come to life.
Her love of home, right here in Kansas City, is also heavily featured in her Country Club Plaza series which captures the beauty and history right here in our own backyard.
Beyond travel, Jan is also heavily influenced by music. In fact, almost all her paintings are named after songs. It was a delight to hear all about the different titles and the songs (some of which I knew, some that I now must add to my playlist) that inspired them. Jan even played music for us as we wandered around the space. I have to say, it certainly adds energy and emotion which you can see in her work.
One of the many interesting tidbits I learned during out time together, is that Jan doesn’t limit herself to one medium. While much of her work is done with oil paints, she also dabbles in mixed medium pieces and has just begun using resin to add another layer of dimension to her creations. From landscapes to contemporary and abstract pieces, she has something for all art lovers!
I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at her studio. If you would like even more behind-the-scenes action from our visit, be sure to check out our Facebook Live video. I hope you can join us the weekend of April 26-28th for our Meet the Artist event with Jan. We will be hosting a reception for her that Friday, the 26th, from 3-6pm. Jan will be in the shop that entire weekend to chat with you about art, music, and so much more!
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