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Jan Martin McGuire is widely considered to be one of the world's top wildlife artists--and the best known woman wildlife artist. Jan has put brush to canvas in forests, fields, and even in the wilds of Africa with armed guards to keep the elephants and lions at bay.
Her remarkable ability to capture wildlife through her artwork is renowned for bringing dimensions to her subjects that even the most advanced photographers are unable to capture. For the first time, Jan shares her theories and techniques for painting some of her favorite animals in Wildlife Painting: Wolves, Foxes & Coyotes.
Having literally lived with wolves in the past, Jan Martin McGuire's personal perspective puts a unique spin on traditional art guides. In her own words, "To paint nature well, you must understand all you can about your subject. The more you know, the more accurate, realistic and emotionally dynamic your painting will be. If you are excited about your subject, you will be able to create paintings that excite the viewer."
Starting out as a young tomboy in Colorado catching snakes and climbing trees, always carrying her little field guides with her - immersing herself in nature which created a live long curious mind. Her parents, although not outdoors people nor artists - supported and encouraged their daughter by buying drawing books and supplies. When her parents moved to Oklahoma they enrolled Jan in some art classes. She continued to study art in high school and then college. Unfortunately the curriculum in college was totally modern abstract art. She had never stopped doing her animal art at home - so - disillusioned and frustrated she quite before she got her degree. She began selling her animal themed graphite, pen and ink and etchings at art fairs. She then studied with a local artist to learn acrylics. In about 1980 she discovered Robert Bateman which changed her life forever. She began taking workshops with him - and other artists - to develop her own style, but which is influenced by Bateman who has become her friend and mentor and she is honored that she now hangs beside him in many museum shows.