gourd Phoenix, AZ
Member Profile

Jan Downey

Jan moved to Arizona from the Midwest to begin a career as a cultural anthropologist. She traveled, worked, and experienced different cultures in the U.S. and throughout the world, fascinated by the multitude of ways humans have found to express their creativity. As much as she loved her job, retirement finally provided adequate time for Jan to pursue her art full time.

In her work with gourds, Jan uses a variety of processes including pyrography, carving, painting with acrylics and ink dyes, and embellishing with natural materials. The desert and Southwest are frequent inspirations for her scratch art and mixed media pieces.

Jan's studio, ZolioArts, is in her home in Desert Hills where she is surrounded and inspired by the beauty of the desert environment every day.