About the artist
Connections are important to Raven. She explains, “I create art that celebrates life and connections. I wasn’t always confident but was painfully shy. Disconnected. I experience true freedom now. I express this freedom with bold brushstrokes and bright colors in my paintings. My goal is to energize and inspire you to connect with the amazing color and drama in the world around you”. —Raven
Jan Stitt is a contemporary artist. She lives in Alaska and signs her paintings RAVEN.
“I love to set up an easel by a bubbling stream, be warmed by the sunshine as I squeeze pigment out of the tubes and plan my approach. Cool breeze, blue sky, light spilling over the mountains. That is what plein air painting is all about. Experience the sight, smell, sound and feeling of the landscape and express that with pigment on the canvas”.
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Paintings by Raven are in public and private collections around the world. Raven paints en plein air or in the studio armed with sketches and imagination. She uses the finest materials that are available to make her paintings a safe investment and can be handed down to generations.
“I am inspired by Wolf Kahn, Charles Reid, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Georgia O’Keefe, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Eustice Ziegler and Nicolai Fechin. Paul Cezanne’s many paintings of his mountain intrigue me. He often uses a combination of oranges and greens in his landscapes that balance each other beautifully. I am inspired by my explorations in Paris but in love with Alaska”.
Jan graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado, after completing the Fine Art and Graphic Design program.
-Paintings have been selected twenty-five times for juried show competitions, receiving four honorable mentions and one first place award
-Painting purchased by University of Alaska Museum of the North’s for their permanent collection
-Paintings in private collections around the world: Germany, Sweden, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, Alaska
-Granted Signature Membership status by the Alaska Watercolor Society based on quality and juried show experience
-Earned Bachelor of Theology from Christian Life School of Theology in 2007
-Given Creative Director Emeritus status by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013
What others say about Raven’s paintings
“beautifully painted, loose and detailed at the same time” Asia Freeman, artist and gallery owner in Homer, Alaska