Jan Denton’s work is focused mainly on botanical watercolors and still-life oils. She spearheaded the organization of a 2006 exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in which twenty-five artists commemorated The Botanical Treasures of Lewis and Clark. She’s more recently become enamored with plain-air painting using New Mexico’s landscape as her inspiration.
If you know any botanical painters, you will find that we fall in love with every subject we paint. It is critical that living plant and flower subjects be observed because only they can reveal in amazing detail how they are constructed and reproduce. It’s not uncommon to be awestruck by their individual properties, let alone the amazing range of colors and shapes. I never feel like I can nail the perfection of each plant I paint, but it is fun to try. -- Jan Denton
Mary Thomas began her art career painting children’s portraits but over the past few years has concentrated on oil portraits of legendry, deceased authors, from Mark Twain to Dorothy Parker, brought to life from black and white photographs she collects.