Come into my studio and smell the paint.
Let me share my love of painting with you.
I paint for people who want to feed their hungry walls with paintings that are full of joy and inspires them.
Let my wild brushstrokes and bold color energize your life. Do you have hungry walls? Paintings on your walls speak volumes about who you are to others. They also speak to you. Every day.
Find a new window into your world. Connect with me at Alaskan Raven Studio. Get ready for fun and adventure.
Alaska is my Giverny.
Giverny was Claude Monet’s estate, his jewel of inspiration. Alaska and Monet inspire me. Monet inspires me to find my own way. My own way of painting wildly. My name is Jan Sanders Stitt. I sign my paintings RAVEN.
Why do I sign my paintings Raven? My connection to ravens began when I saw them play, dance, sing and enjoy life. I love their wild character, stubbornness and creativity. Ravens are even a bit mysterious. I like that. Most ravens don’t migrate and neither do I. The interior of Alaska is my home. I fly south for short stretches of my wings but I definitely spend time under the aurora lights each winter in my Alaskan home.
Join me as I paint in oil, acrylic and watercolor. I brush pigment on the canvas or paper to enjoy the color and texture. Ride the wave of creativity with me.
Connections with my patrons are important to me. Your feedback and encouragement keeps my brush fueled and painting wildly.
“I love your painting on my wall” -C.C.
“I love falling into it – over and over again.” -M.B.
“I fell in love with that painting. I get many compliments on it.” – D.K.
“Our painting is proudly displayed and we walk by it many times a day. It sure is part of us!! We are so enjoying our painting!” -L.E.
“We get so many compliments on our painting.” -J.P.
“They love your painting. It was so much fun to give it to them.” – B.S.
My story is one of a painfully shy girl who transformed into a confident and bold artist. I graduated from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado, after completing the Fine Art and Graphic Design program. I enjoyed a career as an artist/designer/creative director because I worked with an amazing team of professionals. I am now living my dream as a full time painter.
In the spirit of Impressionism, I use no black pigment on my palette. Mixtures of purples, blues, deep reds, greens and orange make the dark values. The contrast of warm and cool colors expresses light, form and emotion.
I paint in the studio or outside en plein air
What is Plein air? Painting outside and being surrounded by your subject matter. 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.
I am founder and owner of Alaskan Raven Studio.
-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 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