“The diversity of people and cultures in the islands are intriguing and mysterious. When I paint on location I absorb more than I realize at the time and it restores my spirit. I also enjoy painting in very diverse environments like California, Arizona and Colorado. It keeps my eyes fresh and surprised by different palettes. Travelling also helps appease the gypsy in me.”–Jan Bushart
A returning exhibitor at La Quinta Arts Festival, Jan Bushart has been painting all of her life. At the age of 20 she received a scholarship from the Laguna Beach School of Art while studying watercolor with Roger Armstrong. At that point she knew she would forever be cleaning paint from under her fingernails. She went on to receive a BA in Art from California State University at Chico. She helped support herself in college by selling her paintings. By the time she graduated, Jan was represented by galleries in California, Alaska, Arizona and Hawaii.
Inspired by the natural beauty of Hawaii, Jan made the move from California to Hawaii in 1998. At this point, she started working primarily in oils. In 2005 she founded the first state wide outdoor painting group, Plein Air Painters of Hawaii. She remains President of this organization to date and has grown the membership to a community of artists to over 150 members. She has run over 20 events for Plein Air Painters of Hawaii including paint outs and shows on 5 different islands. In August 2005, International Artist Magazine featured Bushart and Plein Air Painters of Hawaii in a 9 page article featuring Bushart on the cover.
“A successful painting is like a symphony,” shares Jan, “All of the color notes should be harmonious with one another except for purposeful dissonance for contrast.”
See more of her paintings in her LQAF.com Artist Gallery.