The roots of Jan Mapes’ professional art career extend deep into her childhood, when her family’s love for the outdoors nurtured 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 in a jar, and fully enjoyed all the wonder of the changing seasons. Her grandfather introduced her to the life of a southern cowman, filling her mind and heart until a craving for horses, cattle, and cowboys became as strong as one for sweets.
When Mapes moved to Colorado, she discovered that horses were everywhere, just as she had imagined. The West took up residence inside her. Its shapes, colors, and movements lured her and fed her growing curiosity.
Although art and science often occupy two opposite ends of a spectrum, this powerful combination continues to fuel Mapes’ passion for nature and the wonder of the fabric of creation.
As she sought to render the wonder around her through art, Mapes realized that an object does not stand alone, but is defined by its context. Each element in creation or any work of art is dependent on the rest. Her goal is to weave these components together in each painting and sculpture, resulting in a pleasant visual experience much like a great meal or a beautiful symphony.