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Jan Wall

Smoke! (2020)

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In September of 2020, much of California was on fire. The oil painting is of Lake Merritt in Oakland. Three large buildings stand out against a red orange sky, as the red sun in the west colors the smoke. The curved building is the Kaiser Center, the second is an apartment building, and the square building with the lighted front is the Shriner’s...
In September of 2020, much of California was on fire. The oil painting is of Lake Merritt in Oakland. Three large buildings stand out against a red orange sky, as the red sun in the west colors the smoke. The curved building is the Kaiser Center, the second is an apartment building, and the square building with the lighted front is the Shriner’s Temple. The buildings are reflected in the lake below. At the center bottom is a person in black, trying to exercise in the terrible conditions.

The oil and ink painting was done with palette knife and pens. The central image extends to the edges, the top edge is red orange and the bottom edge is charcoal, as seen in the additional photos.

In painting, I referred to a photo by Yolanda M. Jaimes in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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In my work, I'm looking for that place where work and play are one, where spirit and matter meet. I have taught at Texas Tech, Amarillo College, Laney College in downtown Oakland, California, at...

In my work, I'm looking for that place where work and play are one, where spirit and matter meet.

I have taught at Texas Tech, Amarillo College, Laney College in downtown Oakland, California, at UC Berkeley, and at the College of the Virgin Islands. At Laney, where I taught for forty years, I studied art with Bill Snider, who used the techniques of the Dutch masters to paint Disney characters.

Retirement has given me time to paint in earnest, and to explore different types of paintings. In September, 2013, Artmajeur honored me with a Silver Award.

After forty years in the San Francisco Bay Area, my family and I have moved to the foothills of the Sierras, and retirement has given me a chance to paint in earnest, to make painting part of every day. I've explored landscapes, news, portraits and figures, sports animals, surrealism.

Art is a way to learn about the world, about yourself and your experiences, the way you see and feel life, what you value. Welcome to my galleries! I hope you find some things to enjoy.

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