Jan Huthoefer’s childhood passion was sketching for hours in the cool basement of her Kansas farm home on hot summer days. When she saw the Arizona desert in 1971, it was love at first sight! Jan’s still sharing her fascination with the particular corner of God’s creation through her art. Since moving to Sierra Vista in 1986, she has constantly improved her painterly skills by learning from both local and nationally-known art teachers, and experimenting with her own ideas using new material and methods. When she creates, her goal is to refresh and uplift viewers so they feel as if they’d had a pleasant mini-vacation. Her works have found their way into private collections around the world.
Jan’s vibrantly colored paintings reflect the variety of subject matter that interests her: architectural scenes, vintage automobiles, landscapes, florals and abstracts. She also enjoys the challenge of undertaking commission in watercolor, acrylic, collage, mixed media and her latest fascination, encaustic (colored waves applied with irons). Jan calls her style “enhanced realism” meaning that she paints in a way more attractive to the eye than the things may be in reality. She sees the pursuit of excellence in artwork as a life-long journey, but what an exciting and enjoyable journey it is!
Jan is a past President of the HAA, the 2001 Sierra Vista Artist of the Year. She also served the Tombstone Art Assn for 11 years as Publicist and two years as secretary. Her work may be viewed at the HAA Gallery and her home studio.