Jan Heaton

San Miguel Agave 4

San Miguel Agave 4
Watercolor on Paper, 10 x 10, $800 Unframed

San Miguel Agave 6

San Miguel Agave 6
Watercolor on Paper, 10 x 10, $800

Laguna Silent Path 5

Laguna Silent Path 5
Watercolor on Paper, 22 x 30, $2800 Unframed

Laguna Silent Path 2

Laguna Silent Path 2
Watercolor on Paper, 30 x 41.5, $3600 Unframed

San Miguel Agave 3

  San Miguel Agave 3
Watercolor on Paper, 10 x 10

San Miguel Agave 1

  San Miguel Agave 1
Watercolor on Paper, 10 x 10

Santa Catarina Olives 1

  Santa Catarina Olives 1
Watercolor on Paper, 22 x 22

Sea Urchins 1

  Sea Urchins 1
Watercolor on Paper, 22 x 22

Santa Catarina Olives 3

  Santa Catarina Olives 3
Watercolor on Paper, 22 x 22

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Laguna Silent Path 5 thumbnail
Laguna Silent Path 2 thumbnail
San Miguel Agave 3 thumbnail
San Miguel Agave 1 thumbnail
Santa Catarina Olives 1 thumbnail
Sea Urchins 1 thumbnail
Santa Catarina Olives 3 thumbnail

Artist Statement

My paintings are personal observations of color, movement, relationships and forms in nature. I prefer the watercolor medium, as I love paper, and the tactile manner in which the pigment integrates with the paper. Painting on cold pressed 100% cotton paper I patiently build translucent, veiled layers of color, allowing the forms and values to evolve in a detailed and orchestrated manner. I normally work in a series, which permits the wet color to dry thoroughly between layers. The images are not restricted by the paper’s edges. Every random mark is there because it needs to be there. The reputed “happy mistakes” (that watercolor legend reports often occur in this medium) are planned and controlled.

The circular orbs in my current work are simple, bold, direct, sensual, playful and often mysterious. The sphere recalls harmony, rhythm, movement, patterns, and boundless symbolic metaphors. In my work the circle exists independently and in groups, referencing water patterns on a shore, or a rising moon, rounded fruits, or the shape of a flower. The circle reminds me of family and friends, who are very important to my creative process. The times spent in a circle, talking, eating, dancing, playing, telling stories and solving the problems of everyday life. The memories of this connection to the circle are important to me.

My intention is not to impose a specific message to the viewer. I often hesitate to title my paintings, for fear that they will be translated only according to my vision and close a door to the viewer’s interpretations. I hope my paintings will allow the viewer to observe a familiar object in a new way.