Jan Mapes

Jan Mapes

Seeds planted while visiting Santa Fe galleries on her honeymoon took root and sprouted after ending her short career as an earth science teacher to help her husband Jim on the ranch working cattle and horses.  For over thirty years, she has devoted her talent and developed her skill in depicting the land and creatures that are an integral part of the western lifestyle she lives and loves.  Her craft encompasses a variety of mediums, but typically finds expression through bronze sculpture and oil paintings.

Her work has caught the minds and hearts of many viewers all across the U.S., Canada and even overseas.  A number of sculptures have taken awards at art shows and some are part of permanent collections in museums. For several terms, her sculpture design has served the National Cutting Horse Association as the official trophy. 2016 saw the completion of her first large-scale monument to be installed at the Murieta Inn in California.

In Jan’s words, “I not only strive to paint or sculpt visual happening, but the story or momentary emotion, or the ambiance of time and place.  This connects me to the glory and majesty of our Creator Lord.”