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Oil on canvas 90cmx120cm

Special Recognition for ‘Art of Outstanding Quality’ at the 10th Annual International Landscapes Exhibition. Chosen from 740 entries and 27 different countries around the world.

The Forests, bursting with spring flowers. Yellow, purple and white blossoms.

I wanted that slightly misty, ethereal quality to my painting. Summer lightness, and brilliance. Without being insipid.

That touch of Paul Cézanne, yellow and turquoise.

White-on-White. Preliminary sketches for the concept work, responding to Michele Nagrini’s ‘Colour Symphony’.
Shadows. White. Pure. Complete. Perfection. An equal balance of all colours in the spectrum.

Butterflies. Recycled plastic water bottles. Sustainable, protection of our heritage. A tribute to the plants in her works. 395. One for each panel. The added dimension, of the spectrum beyond which we see.

Pincushion Protea in full bloom in this part of the Garden Route, the inspiration for the mark-making, with salt-bush. Contrasting with the flat, geometric pattern of the Agnes Martin and Robert Raman’s inspired balance of scale and aesthetic bands of white-on-white.

David Higgs, Mile 8. A book about cooking. Not trivial, but follow the steps, as the result is delicious. Ribeye, beef heart tomato, porcini and peppers. Couldn’t find the porcini, so brown mushrooms. A braai elevated by the fabulous jus that is staggeringly time consuming. Which, fortunately Terry blitzed.

The meat thermometer. Yup, that expensive fancy thing that has a probe, cord, digital readout and satellite -World Peace- control for the Kamado Jan, the difference between beautifully cooked steak and cardboard. Spinach, boiled egg and roasted pine-nut salad on the side.

Beach walk. The first since lock-down. Or rather beach-play, for a Border Collie.

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.


  • Jan, you CAN’T talk about a painting you’re busy with and then not feature it in your Blog!!! Photo, please . . . . But do LOVE the tree / forest painting. Mazeltov. You really are patient and persistent with entering your paintings. You must have a patience planet somewhere in your astro chart. 🙂

    October 3, 2020

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