Friday, July 30, 2010

Collectors and Experts on my work

PHOTO: Me with Kip Forbes at my solo exhibition at FORBES GALLERIES, NY.

“You can almost hear the creatures breathing in Jan Martin McGuire’s paintings. More than just reality, she succeeds in capturing the soul and nobility of beasts and birds big and small”.

Chrisopher Forbes FORBES MAGAZINE

"I was captivated by Jan Martin McGuire's paintings the first time that I saw them. She paints all animal species with the same virtuosity, enabling the viewer to feel actually present in the foreground."

Tom James - Chairman of the Board, RAYMOND JAMES FINANCIAL

"Jan Martin McGuire is among the top women artists focusing on wildlife today. Her perennial presence in top museum-quality exhibitions is proof of her status in the wildlife art world."

David Wagner


"Having hunted all over the globe, I have seen and studied nature first hand. Jan's work brings the qualities of nature to the canvas. The colors and texture that she uses make her paintings realistic. Whether it is a beautiful little bird or a hard charging rhino, her work is exquisite."


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Baobab and elephant painting

Working on a 36 x 24" painting of elephants and a Baobab tree from our recent trip to Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Tarangire is a Baobab forest - really unbelievable and beautiful. I'm really enjoying doing the texture of the bark!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Other photo

For some reason my blog won't let me post the two photos side by side - don't know why! Anyway, here is the photo of me from last week standing in the Serengeti with 100,000+ wildebeests massing to cross into Kenya.


James and I just got back from our fabulous trip to Tanzania. One of the highlights was our camp in the remote Northern Serengeti where the wildebeest were massing to begin crossing the Mara river into Kenya. The one photo shows me in front of only a small portion of this herd last week, the other I took in Kenya last year of them during the migration - I am planning a major painting this on based on this.

I have seen this amazing spectacle several times and I am always speechless in awe of what is transpiring. MILLIONS of wildbeest make this trek every year but now there is a proposed highway that will cut across the Northern Serengeti which will have devastating effects on this natural wonder. There is an alternate Southern route which will help many more people and NOT impact the migration. There is a Fan Site on Facebook called STOP THE SERENGETI HIGHWAY that has all the pertinent information along with a petition. Please take a few minutes to look this up. A website is also in the making.