I have been painting most of my adult life. Art began as a hobby as I was
trained as a professional registered nurse and was practicing as a visiting
nurse in Pittsburgh, Pa. When I married and became a full time homemaker and
mother of four children.
I began my art career by taking lessons locally with the City of Fremont
recreation dept. in drawing, color mixing and then watercolor painting. The
spontaneity of watercolor attracted me, as my personality is that of one who
welcomes the unplanned challenges in life, sometimes happy, sometimes sad,
but never dull. I continue as an impressionistic painter, always excited by
the unexpected effects of transparent watercolor.
In 1970,I attended lessons at the Asilomar conference center conducted by
the late Jade Fon, who hired many master watercolor teachers as part of his
staff. I continued taking classes from Jade until his death in 1984.
In 1990 I began teaching children in the Arts in the Schools Program
sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council. I have taught many years in
Yosemite National Park, the La Romita School of Art in Italy, 2000,2001,2004
and will teach again there in 2007.
I taught in the Dordogne region of France in
2008. For the past four years, I have had the pleasure of teaching aboard
the three Queen Ships , (Cunard Lines) Queen Elizabeth the 2, Queen
Victoria, and this last year, The Queen Mary 2. In 2011 I will again teach
on the Queen Victoria, as well as the new Queen Elizabeth. I also have
another teaching cruise to Alaska in May. Not only have I seen many
wonderful parts of the world, but I am meeting artists from all over the
world while doing what I love to do.
I teach on a continuous schedule of painting, drawing and composition.
I am a signature member of the Society of Western Artists, twice past
president of the Fremont Art Association and the founder of the Fremont's
"Open Studios" that takes place every year in early June. I love teaching,
and have helped many local artists get started in the process and enjoyment
of creating art..
I am very proud to have had one of my paintings included in a watercolor
book titled "Splash 3" and made the finals in "Splash 4". I also have had
paintings reproduced on a medical magazine cover for the Sutter Community
Hospitals "Continuum". Tri-City Voice magazine published my painting of the
American Eagle arising from the ashes the week after 9/11.
My painting can be seen at the Fremont Art Association Gallery,
510-792-0905, or at Jan's Art Studios, 38215 Fremont Blvd. Fremont, Ca.
94536, Jschafir@yahoo.com Cell 510-409-2836.
The painting arrived safely today. It is GORGEOUS! --- a wonderful blend
of color and whimsy. It makes me feel good to look at it and I love it.
Thank you for sharing your talent with my family.
God bless you,