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Jan Preston

Overland Park, KS

"Mixed media/collage Abstract Paintings"
I can not remember a time in my life when art wasn’t alive in my soul and filling my senses. The eyes with which I see have always looked at life as though each day was a scene to be transferred to a canvas. My sense of observation is acute to the obfuscation of things such as chatter and background music. Art is my music. Art is my vision and my focus on life. My lens finds beauty in the obscure. I’m fascinated by texture and the interplay of light, shadow, and color on objects. Challenged with bringing harmony to seemingly unharmonious items, I enjoy combining the fluid with the angular and the juxtaposition of opposing lines and shapes. I’m intrigued by bold contrasts; as if replicating life itself, my bold contrasts find their compliments to become balanced. Most of all, I create to give new life to retired objects and delight in the whimsy of finding pleasure from the unexpected. It is a desire of mine that one would become transfixed and drawn in to one of my creations. I coin the term “dimensional mixed-media” to describe what I do. Many pieces actually protrude from the canvas and incorporate found objects or discarded finds such as broken jewelry. Often I take a work that appears complete and continues adding elements to the edge of being overdone, again finding harmony before going too far. As for education, I have added mixed media and collage classes at the Kansas City Art Institute to my toolbox of instruction. The media I mix are predominately acrylic and glue. I’m continually amazed at what glue will adhere and with the addition of acrylic, will transform and immortalize my found treasures forever on a board or canvas panel. As much as art is an ever-evolving process, so am I. For, “just as one does not consider why or how they breathe, my soul requires that I create.”
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