Jan Mapes

Jan Mapes

The roots of Jan Mapes’ professional art career extend deep into her childhood, when her family’s love for the outdoors nurtured her curiosity and creativity. Her mother taught her to savor the world and love its creatures. Together, they got dirt under their nails, climbed trees, caught fireflies, and enjoyed all the wonder of the changing seasons. That heritage was also handed down by her grandfather, who introduced Jan to the life of a southern cowman, filling her mind and heart until horses, cattle and cowboys became a craving as strong as sweets.

When Mapes moved west to Colorado, she discovered that horses were everywhere, just like she’d imagined. The West took up residence inside her. Its shapes, colors, and movements lured her in and fed her growing curiosity.

Although art and science are often two different ends of a spectrum, this powerful combination continues to fuel Mapes' passion for nature and the wonder tucked into the fabric of creation.

As she sought to render the wonder around her through art, Mapes realized that an object is not alone, but is defined by relationship: whether it’s larger than, brighter than, quicker than whatever is next to it. Each element in creation or any work of art is dependent on the rest. Order without randomness is boring—they need each other.

Mapes' goal is to weave these components together in each painting and sculpture, resulting in a pleasant visual experience much like a great chef’s meal or a beautiful symphony.