Jon Janosik

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for April, 2007

Jon's personal goal is to help support the lives and conservation of the birds which have supported his life. Cranes and Sea Birds are of particular interest to him and he is working on their behalf, both in the USA and Japan.
"My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate sensations of birds in nature. I have tried to present my impressions in what is the most congenial and expressive form achievable from me. I have elected to study birds with brush and paint, attempting to force this often-unwilling medium of paint and ground, to record them.
 I recall two strong feelings since my childhood: a bond between birds and myself and desire for self-expression with my hands. These have never ceased to be united within my evolving vision and lifework as a painter of birds. Although my subject matter may appear to be strictly birds, I am as much influenced by the landscape as I am by the creature, the goal being for me is to effectively blend the two. All my inspiration for painting is derived directly from nature, and it is to nature that I always return when least inspired."Born in Connecticut in 1941, he became acquainted with Roger Tory Peterson and gained many early skills in the field while attending his local bird walks. He attended Oberlin College as a Zoology Major.
Jon's work has been featured in such books as ''Field Guide to North American Birds'' (National Geographic Society), ''Birds of the Ligonier Valley'' (Carnegie Museum) ,''The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding'', ''An Audubon Handbook ,Western/Eastern Birds'', and ''Book of North American Birds'' (Readers Digest Books) .He has traveled to study birds in the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and most recently Japan. Ocean birds have always captured his interest and he spent months on oceanographic scientific cruises in the New World.In recent years, he devoted himself to easel painting and completing commissions from international collectors. My works have been exhibited in numerous museums, and galleries including:- Kobe Museum- Sanda Japan; The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History -Washington DC; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum-Wausau WI ; Carnegie Museum -Pittsburgh PA; Moji Art Galley-Kitakyushu Japan; Royal Scottish Academy- Edinburgh (Birds in Art) and the British Museum- London England.
He has always been drawn to the sea and the mountains. For the last 35 years, I have made my home in Western Oregon. After a visit to the Pacific Northwest in 1970 to study birds, I decided to settle in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I think what I treasure most about Oregon is the accessibility to 'wildness', which for me evokes the sense of the ''primal'' or fundamental earth. There is enough subject matter in Oregon to keep me painting for many lifetimes.

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