ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jan’s inclination for creativity began at her childhood kitchen table.
She was fortunate to have parents who supported experimentation
with many kinds of traditional and nontraditional media and
encouraged her to love discovery and to deal with outcomes that were
sometimes unintended. Art has been central to Jan’s identity;
she continued to produce art, even as she moved into her career
and raised her family.
Jan moved to Arizona from the Midwest to begin a career as a
cultural anthropologist. She traveled, worked, and experienced different
cultures in the U.S. and throughout the world, fascinated by the multitude
of ways humans have expressed their creativity. As much as she loved her job,
retirement finally provided adequate time for Jan to pursue art full-time.
Jan uses a variety of processes in her design work including pyrography, carving,
painting with acrylics and ink dyes, and embellishing with natural materials.
ZolioArts, Jan's studio, is in her home in Desert Hills where she is surrounded
and inspired by the desert every day.
She is a juried member of the Sonoran Arts League.