Jan Schoen has been a lifelong Kansas resident and now resides with her husband in Newton, Kansas. After retiring from teaching, she had time to pursue her love of art at Cloud County Community College and since has taken numerous workshops from such well known artists as Kaye Franklin, Barbara Schaffner, Jim Biggers, Gary Ozias, Cathy Goodale, Kim Casebeer, and Cally Krallman with both plein air and studio experiences.
Jan paints with oil and has a decided preference for landscapes. The Kansas prairie with its rolling hills, trees, rivers, pastures, and still waters are favorite subjects although she paints stlll life, florals, nocturnal, and street scenes too. Her style is best described as tonalism derived from the French Barbizon style with an emphasis on mood and shadow. She uses muted colors and soft contours to evoke a feeling of peace, harmony, and tranquility in a relaxed representational style.
She paints for the home, sometimes selecting colors to blend or complement a decor. Her second love is interior decorating and strongly feels original paintings are the finishing touch when you decorate your home.
“I enjoy painting the always beautiful Kansas landscape in a representational way. I strive to capture the sense of peace one feels in the varied rural settings all across the state from river beds, pastures, and majestic trees to drives through the Flint Hills or miles of solitude across western Kansas. In this chaotic world, the Kansas landscape offers timeless solace. My goal is to capture that elusive quality and bring it into your living room.”