JanWilhelmi

Fine Art Paintings and Mosaics

Idaho, United States · 261 Sales

JanWilhelmi

Fine Art Paintings and Mosaics

Idaho, United States 261 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(71)

Announcement   Painting and mosaic offer different experiences for me in my creative pursuits and I love them both for different reasons. All of my work is designed and created by me. I like to vary what I do fairly often, moving from large-scale installed mosaics to the intricacies of hand-clipped porcelain tile to oil and acrylic painting. Decades of making my living as a full-time artist and some new material I find leads me to a new process or some creative epiphany happens after hearing a great song or reading a great book. Life is rarely dull. I absolutely love good design, so that is probably my main creative passion, taking an idea and turning it into something beautiful! Yes!

Thanks for visiting! Custom work is welcome!

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Last updated on Sep 1, 2016

Painting and mosaic offer different experiences for me in my creative pursuits and I love them both for different reasons. All of my work is designed and created by me. I like to vary what I do fairly often, moving from large-scale installed mosaics to the intricacies of hand-clipped porcelain tile to oil and acrylic painting. Decades of making my living as a full-time artist and some new material I find leads me to a new process or some creative epiphany happens after hearing a great song or reading a great book. Life is rarely dull. I absolutely love good design, so that is probably my main creative passion, taking an idea and turning it into something beautiful! Yes!

Thanks for visiting! Custom work is welcome!

Jan Wilhelmi

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5 out of 5 stars
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doturner56

doturner56 on Sep 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These stepping are so beautiful. The artistry and skill is evident in the finished produce! I can't wait to get them settled into my Idaho pathway! Jan is great to work with and I hope to add more to my collection!

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About

Creating a lifestyle, a family affair.

My childhood years were spent in a variety of locations, we moved several times and each place had its own charm and imprinted memories that I roll around in my mind. I often credit my early years in the 1950's in Sante Fe and Albuquerque,New Mexico with my love of texture and color, as well as my attraction to earthy things, and ultimately my mosaic work. Back then, there was an authentic culture in place, we lived in a real adobe house and the tile and silver jewelry and pottery and leather furniture were everywhere...I can still remember the smell of the cool interior of a friend's house, leather chairs and tile floors with lots of textiles hanging around. Funny how those early years impact us.

I always drew pictures and am still an avid reader and music enthusiast, my mother was a singer in her younger years....my love of rhythm is definitely a result of 2 parents who loved to dance to the big band music, the jitterbug in particular. My first art memory was my kindergarten teacher holding up a drawing I had done of a dog and putting it up on the cork board...early positive feedback! I also found out that my good grades and art interests were the perfect combination to get me out of class in grade school, happy to work on a banner or a poster for the teacher when my work was done. So, go figure my first art job was as a high school art teacher back in the 1970's, where my approach to teaching was "let's try this"...I spent 6 years building up a mixed media program on a dime, tapping into local resources in the Lewiston, Idaho valley for supplies from the paper mill or clay from a local clay artist. So today's trends to reclaim and reuse and upcyle have always been a way of life for me, a necessity born from good style on no budget:)

I moved to Coeur d'Alene Idaho in the early 80's, had the house built and experienced my first recession, which actually drove me into art as a full-time job because there were no decent jobs. I told my friends, "if I am going to be poor, I might as well be poor doing what I want"...and there we were again, back in a recession in 2008. I am also a single mom, have been for years, so I changed up what I did to fit the needs of my 2 daughters...when I wanted to stick closer to home, I taught classes in my studio to teenagers(who stayed for years and are still in touch with me) and rebuilt my mixed media studio...classes allowed me to justify the kiln and silkscreen printing, the pastel sets and jigsaw for plywood armatures, etc. My main personal areas were gallery oil and acrylic paintings and large-scale works, interior and exterior murals. I added in mosaics 20 years ago, a result of working as an artist-in-residence in the entire school district over a 13 year period, getting called on for large projects that I was known for taking on that noone else would. That led to youth groups and high-risk teenagers working with me on large murals and mosaic installations. As my youngest was able to drive herself, I went after the large-scale mosaics solo and focused on that for several years, until the muscles screamed at me that I was not 20 anymore, I either needed to hire an installation crew or go back to studio work, and studio work won out with Etsy as a perfect outlet to return to the private sector.

My youngest just graduated from college, yay!, and I am back to personal exploration and studio work, trying to remember my life before 38 years of raising kids and blending that memory with who I have become in the meantime. Both of my daughters grew to be interesting and creative people and it is my oldest daughter who talked me into opening an Etsy shop. I am bouncing around these empty walls a bit, so I am thankful for my continuing community connections that would not have been possible without my art. Life is a journey, thank goodness, and I get up every morning and go "hmmm, I'm still here...better get busy"

P.S. The woman in the white hat at the beach is my mom, and thanks to my flexible lifestyle as an artist I was able to move her in with me for 6 months in 2013, because she has dementia. A big thank you to my Etsy clients who were so flexible with me during that time, as I was dependent on outside caregivers to put in studio time. I have since placed her in a care facility and she is doing fine. I have been catching up on some much-needed sleep and am enjoying the ability to be in my studio whenever I want. Family, good friends, and a good sense of humor are priceless!

P.P.S. So glad I took my mom in 3 years ago. I am sad to say that she passed away in January of this year, 2016, but I will be forever grateful for the many memories we made together and for having her close by these past 3 years...R.I.P. Shirley Dean Margaret Walter Wilhelmi, she had dementia but she never forgot that mouthful of a name!

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  • Jan Wilhelmi

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    Mosaics and paintings and whatever else I feel like creating! My lifestyle as a creative person with a focus on my family and the outdoors and a need to be involved in the community is what drives me.

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Last updated on September 24, 2014
All of my work is original and created by the artist and meets my high standards of craftsmanship. Each piece is made with passion and attention to detail, moving one single piece to achieve a greater balance in the piece. When creating mosaic, the porcelain tile pieces are each hand-clipped and individually set and ceramic pieces are hammer-broken to achieve a different energy. Porcelain tiles are very dense and so hold tiny shapes very well without crumbling. The hammer-broken pieces are flawed by design, in other words any apparent imperfections are deliberate in nature to achieve artistic results. The adhesives and grout are the best available for interior works. I use a sanded polyblend grout and strong waterproof adhesives on an exterior plywood base in order to prevent the absorption of excess moisture. I do not advise hanging artwork in areas that accumulate excessive moisture that may cause damage to adhesives and thus shorten the life of your artwork. All porcelain mosaics on wood are designed to be hung in interior spaces without exposure to outside elements to maintain the quality of the work.

My oil and acrylic paintings are also all original and created by the artist...me. I use a professional grade of paint and good canvas....the prints I have available for sale are archival prints, they were published when digital was not available and the ink and paper are of very high quality...it is never a good idea to hang artwork in direct sunlight, UV rays will fade the color no matter how high the quality is.

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I accept Paypal or you can use major credit cards by using Etsy direct checkout... Items are shipped after payment is confirmed, usually 2 business days. All sales are due in full at the time of purchase unless otherwise stated for a custom order. I will consider installments on more expensive items, with the item being shipped after the final installment is received.
Shipping
I will ship all items UPS, USPS, or USPS Priority Mail for smaller pieces. All items are sent insured and with delivery confirmation. Shipping prices are estimates, depending on destination, and can be adjusted on a case by case basis.

I am willing to ship to other countries as the request is made, rather than offering shipping to all countries up front. This way I am not investing a lot of time researching shipping until it comes up, so please message me if you live outside of the US and we can make arrangements for shipping and I can calculate shipping costs on an individual basis.
Refunds and Exchanges
Exchanges or returns are handled on a case by case basis, no refunds on custom or made-to-order items.... in the case of damage during shipping please contact the shipping company...I will help as much as I can to locate lost items but I am not responsible for replacement...I recommend paying extra for insurance if necessary...large Priority Mail flat rate boxes come with $50 of insurance at no extra cost to you.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am interested in commission work for both painting and mosaic, if you have an idea and you don't see what you want, please message me!