Jan Little is a Canadian artist known for her whimsical paintings and illustrations of local flora, fauna and friends. A graduate of Emily Carr University’s film animation department, she has spent the last 15 years expanding her art practice to include several mediums and practices including commercial illustration, design, painting, sculpture and dance. Her work seeks to reveal the reality as she knows it in the beautiful and funny world she sees herself in.
“Whether the piece is playful, or studious, the focus of my art practice now is learning to be honest; to create something that truly describes my experience of/with the subject; to challenge myself to capture that which is meaningful to me; to not settle. Painting a portrait, for example, is an intense scrutiny of a person, each glaze or brushstroke is a search for clues as to how that person or animal’s character is revealed. Painting is a way for me to not just closely examine my subject, whether it is a person, animal, landscape or object, but to figure out how to share my findings with the viewer as accurately as I can– an accuracy according to my own truths.
“Creating sculpture demands attention to intuition, to notice what “feels” right. Finding materials and creating forms that please the eye are done intuitively, encouraging trust in my own instinct and ability to problem-solve. The honesty lies in the awareness of the inner voice and in following through with the construction.”