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Jan Byers - Active

jan byersGrowing up in rural south western Ontario, I have memories of watching rolling terrain with pockets of trees reflected in brilliant sunsets. I was always interested in art, and enjoyed sketching, painting  and reading about various artists; however, my life took a different path for many years with a 36yr nursing career (in ICU, open heart step-down units and later public health), raising a family, and relocations/travels with my husband’s work in Ontario, Edmonton, Calgary, the US and north Africa.

At 38 yrs, I returned to university for my nursing degree, and at the same time, pursued my interest with art options. I prefer to paint landscape and still life in acrylic and water colour. Viewing trees in a unique moment of light, catching a glimpse of color laden clouds in the early morning sunrise, or watching a storm approach on the horizon. These are special moments that I try to capture, along with the feelings that the colors and shapes elicit. I continue to explore the color, shape and rhythm of nature as part of the human experience.

Acrylic workshop with Nicholas Pearce, 2013
Water colour classes with Greg Swainson, 2012
Water color landscape/portrait classes with Peggy Burkosky, 2011
ACAD, Calgary – intermediate/advanced workshops with Larry Bohay, 2003
ACAD, Calgary – Intermediate/advanced workshops with Barbara Milne, 2001
University of Calgary -- Bachelor of Nursing (1988),
U of C --  Art Fundamentals, Theory and Practice,  Levels I and II, 1986-87
March, 2014, Qualicum Beach Stationary and Art Gallery
DeCosmos Art Show, Qualicum Beach Stationary and Art Gallery, 2013
Second Annual TOSH Members Show, Qualicum Beach,  September 2013
Sunday Painters Show, TOSH,  Qualicum Beach,  March, 2011
“Special Places, Special Moments” – Solo Artist Show, “Artpoint Gallery& Studios”,   Calgary,  2004
“Earth and Sky Art Show and Sale” -- Calgary 2004
“Lay of the Land” – Juried, 2003, Intermediate/Advanced Landscape Workshop, ACAD
“Gift” – Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, a fundraiser for Hospice Calgary, Alberta,2002
 Leighton Foundation Museum and Art Gallery, “Roads Traveled – Paths Explored”   Juried, 2001, Intermediate/Advanced Landscape workshop, ACAD

FCA Arrowsmith  Chapter, active member
DeCosmos Art Society, Parksville/Qualicum Beach, BC, 2011 to present
The Point of Art Society, Calgary, Alberta (juried membership) 2003 to 2009
Janice (Jan) Byers


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