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Jan Downey
ZolioArts
Medium(s):
  gourd
  mixed media

Contact Info:
   Web: http://www.zolioarts.com/
Artist Statement

My art is both deeply personal yet global, drawing on my experiences as a cultural anthropologist. Throughout my life, the natural world, cultural differences in art expression, and a background of artistic experimentation have been my inspirations.

When I discovered gourds, they immediately appealed to me as the perfect art medium with which to partner. Because each gourd has unique qualities, having been a living entity, every piece of artwork is the outcome of collaboration between the gourd and me, and sometimes we don't see eye-to-eye!

My studio is a special place where clocks don't tick and the only reality is what challenges lie in front of me on my worktable. I thrive when my pursuit of creation defines the parameters of the day.
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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.

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