About The Artist

 
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If you will be in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, see my work at On The Edge Gallery

My inclination for creativity began at my childhood kitchen table.

I was fortunate to have parents who supported experimentation with many kinds of traditional media and encouraged me to love discovery.

 

Art has always been an important component of my identity. It connects me to a place of calm. After beginning my career as a Cultural Anthropologist, the ability to escape into creative pursuits became even more important, as my full schedule included  travel, teaching, living with, and studying people far from home. Producing artwork is always fulfilling, but it also provides a respite from the rigors of daily obligations and life demands.

 

Discovery and documentation are central to anthropology fieldwork. There are so many ways of being human! This kind of discovery is as exciting to me now as it was when I first started learning about how humans got where we are now, and speculating on where we are heading. 

 

The time spent in my studio is precious time rejuvenating my sense of self, place, connection to others, and  to the larger world. Time spent preparing and teaching anthropology is fulfilling work because it reminds us all that every culture sees themselves as important, special, unique, correct, and worthy of living as they want to live.  

 

Jan Downey --Images and Information Copyright 2020

Jan@ZolioArts.com