“Focus on the beauty and joy in the world. I create a lens for you to have insight into your own experiences. Put one of my paintings on your wall and it will energize you to start the day with the right attitude. Let it ‘jump start’ your day with renewed enthusiasm”. —jan
Jan Sanders Stitt decided to sign her paintings RAVEN over thirty years ago. She never looked back and keeps painting wildly.
Her connection to ravens began as she watched them play, dance, sing and enjoy life. She loves their wild character, stubbornness and creativity. Ravens are even a bit mysterious. She likes that. Most ravens don’t migrate and neither does she. The interior of Alaska is her home.
Oil, acrylic and watercolor mediums fascinate this artist. She brushes on the pigment to express the sheer beauty of color and texture.
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Sharing her love of life with others adds to her impetus for painting. Jan says, “Knowing that my painting brings joy to an individual is a thrilling connection for me. I want to connect with the raven in all of us”.
In the spirit of Impressionism, she uses no black pigment on her palette. Mixtures of purples, blues, deep reds, greens and orange make the dark values. She uses the contrast of warm and cool colors to express light, form and emotion.
She is founder and owner of Alaskan Raven Studio.
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”.
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-seven times for juried show competitions, receiving two first place awards, one second place and four honorable mentions
-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