WITH FORWARD BY ROBERT
Jan's mentor and friend Robert Bateman has written the "Forward"
to Jan's book! This is extremely exciting to Jan as she credits
Bateman for the success of her career - and how finding out about
him - and then attending her first workshop at the age of 27
with him - changed her life.
She went to many,
many workshops over the years. Bateman use to call her his favorite
"stalker". Now he calls her "one of his best success stories".
Here is a portion
of the FORWARD:
are a lot of painters out there but only a tiny percent of those
that I would call a true artist. Jan Martin McGuire is one of
the few. She is truly an artist for two reasons. The obvious
one is that she has the necessary skills and talents, but the
most important reason is that she paints that which is important
in her life. Too much so-called art is a bunch of interior decorating.
Jans work comes from her heart. A big piece of her heart
belongs in Africa. I could say this about myself, having been
there over a dozen times. But Jans work leaves me in awe.
Many of her African paintings are truly stunning in their drama."
~ Robert Bateman
Jan and Bob at her first workshop with him
Jan and Bob at the Society of Animal Artists ART AND THE ANIMAL,
WITH PROLOGUE BY CRAIG
Craig Sholley is the first person to convince Jan to go to Africa.
He is a VP at Africa Wildlife Foundation. Here is a bit from
this first of many subsequent conversations, I recall cautioning
Jan that Africa is like no other place in the world its
a continent that transforms you. Its delightfully infectious,
but youve got to be prepared and recognize that Africas
magic - its wildlife, peoples, and vast wilderness can
become a dominating part of your life." ~ Craig Sholley
at Jan's one person show on 5th Ave in New York City at the (then)
FORBES CORPORATE GALLERIES. The show was all African work with
a percentage going to AWF. The show was mostly sold out in 2
hours making AWF $10,000.
Jan's first trip to Africa, Craig just happened to be going Kenya
as well. He was on Jan's flight from Amsterdam to the Nairobi
airport. Here they are visiting in the Amsterdam airport - Craig
with many trips under his belt - Jan with the sparkle in her
eye in anticipation.
Jan shares an intimacy in word and image that allows us insight
into the natural world, as well as the view from behind the artist's
lens. It takes amazing talent to capture visions of nature, and
here we are privileged to join her not just as viewers of art
but as witnesses to an encounter with the wild.