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Even Though the Whole World is Burning

M.S. Merwin, Rain Light, Burning, Hawaii, Abstract, Painting, Expressionism,
Even Though the Whole World is Burning - 24" x 30", acrylic on stretched canvas. A tribute to the M.S. Merwin documentary, of the same name, and to his poem "Rain Light."

Site of the Wreckage

environment, environmental, crisis, ruination, complexity, failing, trouble, contentious, contention, disagreement, strong-willed
Site of the Wreckage - 24" x 30", acrylic on stretched canvas

Night Garden

night, garden, life, continuation, shelter, twist, secrets, intertwined,
Night Garden - 24" x 30", acrylic on stretched canvas


Water, scarcity, water crisis, environmental, blue, abstract, expressionism
Aqua - 24" x 30", acrylic on stretched canvas.


About Jan

Baltimore City

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Self-taught, after years of intense management responsibilities in the fields of law, graphic design, government, architecture and the arts, I am finally freed to create my own work.  My work is neo-expressionist with grateful appreciation for the inspiration of the women Abstract Expressionists of the 40s and 50s.  I welcome emotion and coincidence, working intuitively to establish outcomes that are open to interpretation through a universal language. My interests are in the... more


Artist Statement –  /Jan Angevine/ /While working at NASA Goddard, in the Atmospheric Sciences Division, I had a front row seat on research confirming the precarious existence of the earth that has deeply affected my understanding of the fragility of life. The experience at NASA compelled me toward an exploration of the conflicts between order and chaos and the boundaries of reality and spirit; themes that show up repeatedly in my work. I am also anchored by my experience in the fields of graphic design and architecture which, if anything, are filled with creative collisions./

/As a painter, I welcome both emotion and coincidence into my paintings. Working intuitively, I establish outcomes that I feel are open to interpretation through the universal language of paint, materials and marks. I also feel that each person’s encounter with a work is a revelation that provides a deeper understanding of the viewer’s conscious and unconscious feelings in relation to the art. I am grateful for the inspiration of the women abstract expressionists whose work is a mainstay: Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning, Perle Fine, Lee Krasner, and the glorious and daring Michael West./
/I reside and paint in Upper Fells Point, where I have crammed myself into a two-story, 600sf row house, on an alley, off an alley./

  • Dancing Fool

    Dancing, fool, Flashé, music, dance, hooded, hip hop
    Dancing Fool, 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas. Working with Flashé paint.
  • Trumpian 4th 2019

    Trump, 4th of July, July 4th, rampage, dark force, red-white-blue
    Trumpian 4th 2019 - acrylic on stretched canvas, 24”x 30”. With dread.
  • Good Earth

    earth, soil, corn, expressionistic, underground,
    Good Earth, 24" x 30", acrylic, threads, on canvas. Evoking the natural world above and underground.
  • Swimming In The Light

    swimming, water, light, bobbing, treading water, environment
    Swimming in the Light - 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas. Big Show at Creative Alliance group show. Self-selected participant.
  • Happy Day

    Happy, day, touque, yellow, clouds
    Happy Day, 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas.
  • City Neighborhoods

    urban, city, neighborhoods, expressionism, abstract
    City Neighborhoods - Oil pastels and acrylic on canvas, 12”x14”
  • Blowback

    environmental, explosive, consequences, blowback, crisis,
    Blowback - 36" x 12", acrylic and paper on stretched canvas. The environment's warnings.
  • Hope Floats

    hope, abstract, environment, environmental, water, stay afloat, politics, democracy,
    Hope Floats, - 24” x 30”, acrylic & paper on canvas.
  • Blindspot

    Environmental, blind spot, blind, madness, joy, living energy, energy, life, complexity
    Blindspot - 36" x 12", acrylic and paper on stretched canvas
  • Broken

    broken, environment, heart, broken heart, land, landscape, collage
    Broken - 24” x 30”, acrylic, recycled Polyethylene sheet, canvas and canvas pieces.


This is a painting process where I add layers of paint and materials consecutively and then remove areas of the surfaces; sometimes gouging and at other times scraping or sanding.  Shapes and figurations are revealed slowly as the surface is manipulated. 

  • Drone Shot

    Drone, map, texture, paint, layers, reveal,
    Drone Shot - 12" x 12", acrylic paint and materials on wood panel.
  • Bombs Bursting in Air

    American anthem, bombs, war, sky, noisy, shared, holiday, 4th of July,
    Bombs Bursting in Air - 12" x 12", acrylic, paper, foil on wood panel. An American anthem.
  • Blue Lake

    lake, red, surface abrasion, abrasion, environment, environmental, paint, abstract, abstract expressionism, neo
    Blue Lake - 12" x 12" framed acrylic, paper, string, and thread on wood. This is a first attempt at layering the surface and then removing layers across the surface.
  • White and Layered

    Environment, arctic, cold, ice, trashed, surviving, paint, materials, acrylic
    White and Layered, 12" x 12", acrylic, string, on wood panel.
  • Transforming

    transform, expressionistic, red, white, blue
    Transforming, 24" x "30, acrylic on canvas.
  • Yang

    Yang, Yin, red-white-blue, expressionism, red force
    Yang, 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas.
  • Facets

    facets, white, impressions, wonder
    Facets, 24" x30", acrylic on canvas.

Small works

These are small paintings where I am trying to work out an issue on a small scale.

  • The Sky is Falling

    Environmental, chaos, out cry, help, disturbance, expressionist
    The Sky Is Falling!” 9”x12” sketch, charcoal & oil pastels on paper.
  • Omega

    omega, beginning, opening, small works, paint, abstract, paper
    Omega - 8" x 8"acrylic, paper box, on wood panel. Exploring making paper the predominant expression and material.
  • Baltimore

    Baltimore, city, cityscape, brick,
    Baltimore, 11" x 14", acrylic and canvas on paper, collage
  • Let It Be

    paint, landscape, earth
    Let It Be - 8" x 8" acrylic on wood panel. Exploring negative space and the expression of a landscape.
  • Full Heart Beating

    heart, beating, abstract, expressionism, minimalism
    Full Heart Beating - 20" x 24", acrylic on canvas
  • Swept Away

    Ocean, landscape, sweep, appendage, sky, ocean, peaceful world
    Swept Away, 4" x 4", acrylic on canvas with canvas sweep.
  • As Fate Devised

    explore, red, black, rake, paint, surface
    As Fate Devised - 8" x 8" acrylic on wood. Exploring "raking" the surface and letting fate have its way.
  • Innocence

    innocence, forces, paint, sea, land, fragility
    Innocence - 12" x 12", acrylic and a bit of canvas on wood. Exploring proportion and relativity in an attempt to present the fragility of life and the enormity of forces at work.
  • Hear Them Roar

    roar, expressionism, abstract,
    Hear Them Roar - 20" x 24", acrylic on canvas
  • Sailing on PVC

    PVC, abstract, minimalism, expressionism, ocean, sailing, repurposing, recycling
    Sailing on PVC - 6"x "5", acrylic on found chunk of PVC repurposed.