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JAN FORDYCE PAINTINGS

River Waters

April 2015

Lyrical Puddle 24"x48" oil on canvas, part of the Colorado River Project River Waters

Lyrical Puddle 24"x48" oil on canvas, part of the Colorado River Project
River Waters

Fractured Droplets 24"X48" oil on canvas, part of the Colorado River Project

Fractured Droplets 24"X48" oil on canvas, part of the Colorado River Project

The fascination I have with painting water has led me to painting the waters of the Colorado River.  I started the Colorado River Project after working with a water organization called “One World One Water,” and learning that the Colorado River is one of the most endangered rivers in the U.S. I decided to take a trip following the river from Glenwood Canyon in Colorado to Paige Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam. My goal was to follow the banks of the river to paint and photograph and let the river tell its story. It is a wild river which created the Grand Canyon but is also tamed with close to 20 dams from the headwaters in Colorado to the delta near the Sea of Cortez. The river actually rarely gets to the river delta as it is tapped dry from all the demands for its water. Its beauty inspires me yet its fate gives me a sense of urgency to paint it and bring attention to it and tell its story. 

Here are a couple of paintings created from the first trip. The project and story are ongoing as I continue to follow the Colorado River shores and find inspiration for new paintings.


New Exhibition

A show of my paintings will be on display at the Littleton Hospital Gallery through their Healing Arts Program. Included will be paintings of the Colorado River as well as other water paintings. The exhibition runs from May 5, 2015-July 2. 2015. The address is: 7700 S. Broadway, Littleton, 80122. Open 24 hours. I would love to have you stop by and check it out.


Art Around Town

I recently saw an amazing Photography Exhibition at Walker Fine Art Gallery in Denver, called “Unconscious Metaphors.” The exhibition which runs through May 2nd features 4 women photographers, each with a different yet stunning and captivating group of photographs telling a story. One of the photographers, Susan Kae Grant used the idea of dreams to drive her images. Her photographs are largely silhouettes of her actual dreams. Another photographer, Bonnie Lohtka uses the idea of memories and layered images in her work.