Artist in Residence: Jan Knox

Jan Knox

Jan Knox paints her love of nature, from the viewpoint of her training as a Geologist and her many travels. Jan works in mixed water-based media on both canvas and paper. She paints with watercolor, acrylic, ink, pencils and collage.

Nature in all its brilliant colors and textures are the subjects of her paintings. The emotions and memories of the wonderful sights of the world — such as an erupting volcano, snow-clad peaks, the rainforests, the deserts, icebergs off Antarctica and man’s interaction with these remote places, all inspire the heart. She enjoys exploring nature, as a backpacker, hiker, canoeist and caver. She loves to camp out of the back of a 4X4 truck or in a mountain tent enjoying the sights and smells around her. She also is a cave explorer and surveyor, enjoying rappelling into a cave entrance or squeezing through a tight passage to discover the hidden crystalline jewels underground. She paints from memory, photographs and if there is time, on location.

She was selected as a finalist in 2010 and 2011, in the statewide-juried competition for the Hunting Art Prize. Her painting, AThe Steppes of Mongolia@, was one of 110 selected for the final jurying from a pool of 1600 entries. As a finalist she was invited to exhibit/sell her artwork at the Hunting Art Prize Gala in Houston, TX.

Her main focus this past year has been on cave drawings on canvas. Being very familiar with Natural Bridge Caverns in New Braunfels, the first drawings were based on different rooms in the cave. She has now branched out to include other caves in Texas and Grutas de Bustamante in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.