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Jan Tervonen

 Jan Tervonen


Jan grew up in a Finnish-American family in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan surrounded by the beauty of Lake Superior. She was taught the values of simplicity, organization, and a good pun. She graduated from Michigan Technological University and was a software professional by trade..

She spent her earlier life as an artist wannabe living in such places as upstate New York and Paris before settling in Seattle 20 years ago. After many years as a successful commercial software executive, she found another passion to augment her creativity – watercolor painting. 

Mostly self-taught, she has developed minimalistic abstract style with a wry sense of humor representative of her Finnish-American roots. Her paintings have been featured at local galleries, art centers, and numerous shops in the Seattle area. She is represented by the UP Front Gallery in Issaquah, WA, and the Kirkland Arts Center Store in Kirkland, WA.

Jan was the recipient of the Vascovitz Family Scholarship for Drawing and Painting at the Pratt Fine Arts Center where she studied. She is a member of the Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Kirkland Arts Center, Eastside Association of Fine Arts, and artEAST.

Artist Statement:

After a career in commercial software development living in a precise left-brain world, I reinvented myself as an emerging artist specializing in abstract watercolors.

Painting is meditative. I paint loosely, play with colors, and let the paints flow together naturally as highlighted in the managed chaos of color and form in my work.

Art for sale:

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