River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson


(posted on 3 Oct 2017)

I spent yesterday hanging my "What If...?" exhibition - a collection of over 30 original artworks I have created.  Alongside each art piece are write-ups explaining what inspired the work, the processes/techniques used, poems, stories and other info relating to each.  Creating art is much more than just sitting down and drawing, I love the time I spend researching the subjects, learning about their symbolism, etc. This work will be on display at the Dauphin Public Library until Nov 30th. I will also be giving an artist slideshow presentation October 18th at 7pm to talk about some of these artworks. Look forward to seeing those of you who can make it!  Here's just a few of the works on display...


Artist Statement

“WHAT IF?” reflects my recent journey as a visual artist and poet.  I love expressing myself creatively in a variety of ways - I’m a generalist at heart and it shows!   

The designs I create are inspired by my love of repeating patterns and my need to establish order from chaos, to make art that gives me, the creator,  a peaceful and meditative experience, where I lose myself in creating.   My artworks emerge through a tranquil, meditative process that frees me to explore and experiment with line, shape and colour.  Time has no meaning when I’m creating and the artwork takes as long as it needs to take.  Each is an adventure in “what if...?” and I get such joy from researching subject matter, discovering its’ symbolism and the legends written about them.   The whole creative process, from walking around taking photos and finding inspiration - to contemplating  ideas and turning a thought into a physical reality, all of it gives me great satisfaction.  If I like the visual end result, well that’s a bonus!

This collection of work spans four years and is only thirty out of the many artworks I’ve created during that time.  There’s several art forms displayed here– pen and ink zenworks, oil pastel sgraffitos, linocuts printed in a variety of ways, mixed media collage, monotypes, a monoprint and a photograph.  Each piece has its own story on how it came to be, and every medium I use seems to have its own signature look and feel when I work with it.

I am very grateful for the artistic support and learning opportunities I’ve had here in Dauphin with the Dauphin Art Group, the Watson Art Centre, and others.  It’s been a delight to connect with so many talented Manitoba artists and arts-related organizations.   Collaborating and working with other artists and instructors, sharing insights and ideas, has been a marvelous and invigorating creative learning adventure.   What a wonderful way to make new friends!

Artist Bio

Jan Jenkins grew up west of Montreal where the Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers meet.  After early retiring from Alberta’s energy industry, she moved to Manitoba where she now pursues her life-long passion – designing and creating original art for smaller spaces and wearable art for that unique look.  A generalist at heart, Jan works in a variety of mediums – pen and ink, oil pastel, printmaking, mixed media, photography, tie-dye and penny and wire-wrapped stone jewelry.   Her training includes MFA-instructed art classes, workshops and retreats.  Jan is connected with the Manitoba arts scene through her membership and participation in a number of arts-related organizations and juried competitions, where her original creations have received recognition and been displayed in group exhibitions at fine art galleries in Manitoba.  Jan occasionally teaches art classes in Dauphin, and volunteers with The Watson Art Centre and Dauphin Art Group.  She sells her artwork through arts and artisan outlets in Manitoba and Alberta.  For more information about Jan and her creations, please visit her website www.RiverWestArtworks.com.