"Temptations" by Jan Lord, Oil Pastel, Acrylic, and Graphite on Canvas
"Temptations" by Jan Lord, Oil Pastel, Acrylic, and Graphite on Canvas

"Temptations" by Jan Lord, Oil Pastel, Acrylic, and Graphite on Canvas

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84 x 84

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Oil Pastel, Acrylic, and Graphite on Canvas



Her Art is Worth a Thousand Lyrics

For Jan Lord, music is more than a pleasurable pastime; it’s the inspiration behind her artwork.

Each painting, expressionist at its core, integrates not only the tone or mood of a favorite song, but meaningful lyrics that remind her of the beautiful and exotic places she has been fortunate to visit during her life.  Her art is currently on display in Europe, Canada and the United States.

She seeks to paint the essence of a song – from rock, blues and soul to classical and opera—however, rock music tends to inspire her creativity.  Beautiful, soulful lyrics remind her of moments in time, perhaps of the azure blue waters of the Bosporus in Istanbul, the colorful and fragrant summers of Vancouver, British Columbia, or the beautiful beaches of Southern California.

This juxtaposition of music, art and memories can be experienced in her paintings, “Cry Me a River” reflecting the heartfelt song by Joe Cocker and memories of a past love. “Falling in Love with You” another of Jan’s paintings reflects lyrics made famous by Alicia Keys. 

Jan’s expansive surfaces command the attention of passers-by, reward the focus of new as well as seasoned collectors and magically transform a space.

Early in her adult life growing up in Vancouver Canada Jan was taught by several artists using a variety of mediums. Oils, acrylics, stained glass, collage; however in 2005 her life and her art took on a new form a freedom of expression and emotion when she moved to Southern California. Jan continues to draw inspiration from great artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Jean Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, Frank Stella to name a few.

A Southern California resident for more than 13 years, she joined a group of artists in San Diego, where a talented teacher and mentor encouraged her to paint with uninhibited freedom and color leveraging a special glazing technique as well as collage and coloring.  Jan was two time recipient of First Prize for 2D mixed media at the Beverly Hills Art Show, and has exhibited her colorful art internationally.

Jan paints on wood panels made by her husband out of Baltic Birch with Douglas fir frames.  The wood – rather than canvas – allows her to scratch and draw into the wood giving more depth and meaning to the painting.

Jan’s original abstract art paintings and mixed media assemblages have been exhibited in Aspen, Austin, Beverly Hills, Brussels, Carmel, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, San Diego, Scottsdale, as well as private collectors’ homes and commercial properties. 


“I was recently on a camping trip in Carmel. The absolute highlight of my trip was wandering into a gallery and seeing your work. Brought tears to my eyes, the pieces were gorgeous. Moving. Textured. So rich. I know very little about art (formally), save for my favorite high school art class and teacher and some dabbling I do here and there, but I know what I feel. I felt each piece I experienced, thank you for creating.”

April Strongarone