About the artist
“I create art that celebrates life and connections.
I wasn’t always confident but was painfully shy. Disconnected. Connecting with others enabled me to overcome fears and shyness and experience real freedom. I express this freedom with bold brushstrokes and bright colors.
Experience joy and boldness through my paintings.
Connect to the amazing color in the world around you.
My goal is to energize and inspire 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 and Eustice Ziegler. 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 in Denver, Colorado, after completing the Fine Art and Graphic Design program. She pursued two careers for many years. 1) Creative Director for University of Alaska Fairbanks Office of Marketing and Communications. 2) Artist entering juried shows and completing commission work.
Raven made the decision to paint full time in 2013.
“I enjoyed many years of directing the creative team of web and print designers, photographers and writers. But I now pour all of my creative energy into Alaskan Raven Studio. My team consists of pigments, easel and brush.”
-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
Raven is her brush name. She chose it in 1985 and later discovered from her brother that it was the nickname of their ancestor Sam Houston. She is proud to continue the family tradition.