About Jan Lhormer
Born in Pittsburgh, PA
Lives & works Falmouth, Massachusetts
Jan Lhormer earned a BFA in 1988 and a MFA in 1990 in Painting from The Boston University School of Visual Arts. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Colorado College in 1983. Her work is in many private collections and has been reviewed by The Boston Globe and featured in Cape Cod Life Arts Edition and Cape Arts Review Magazine. She has won fellowships to both the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center For Creative Arts.
Ms. Lhormer has exhibited widely throughout New England and beyond for over twenty five years. Exhibition highlights include The Painting Center, New York City, Speedwell Projects Gallery, Portland, Maine, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Barnstable, MA, Lyman Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 808 Gallery Boston, MA, Reynolds Ryan Gallery New Orleans, and The Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. Her paintings are also showcased in Boston area offices through The DeCordova Museum. Lincoln, Ma. Corporate Loan Program.
Ms. Lhormer teaches painting and drawing at Bridgewater State University and has published articles in Provincetown Arts Magazine, Art New England and Cape Arts Review.
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I think of painting as a door to the spirit world. Through the ritual of the studio practice,
I embrace all things mystical, magical, intuitive and sublime. I use sensual color and ethereal light to create dreamy skies, bountiful waters or lush gardens and give voice to the intangible world of emotion, the unseen, and the poetic.
My process is that of an alchemist transforming layers of gestural brushwork into mythical landscapes. Forms emerge and fade away into atmospheric color. Like modernist painter Kandinsky and those with synesthesia, I hear color as having musical sound and compose rhythms and structure within a conceptional space.
The garden paintings represent healing, grounding, fertility, and potential. Celestial sky images reference the spirit world, magic and transformation. Paintings of water celebrate my love of swimming — the feeling of weightlessness, freedom and power of the ocean.