Jan Carlton

Jan Carlton

Mansfield, United Kingdom

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I believe in the power of self expression. Through art I have dealt with coming to terms with my son’s ADHD, love, divorce and seperation and death.

I started college in London doing an Art & Design course. This led me to do part of an Interior Design degree at Middlesex University in London.
I moved back up to live in the Midlands and started a degree in Fine Art at the University of Derby.
From this I was able to feed my fascination with art as healing and completed my Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy.

My art work includes Painting, Printing, Digital imagery, Photography, Sculpture and Installations.

As my work as progressed it has become more personal. I became aware of the need to find an outlet for expression when my father died; as I did not know how to deal with his death ( I had not seen him for fifteen years prior to his death).

I have frozen acrylic ink in ice encapsulating alluring images to photograph, and frozen a full size wedding dress; among personal items to symbolise the liquidation and collapse of my marraige.

I have had many exhibtions and have worked with several Universities.

I have experienced the wrench of a broken heart, loss, physical pain, had battles on canvas and taken control again.
BUT, I have also broken hearts, chosen to lose myself a time or two, hit out and conquered many uncertainties, raised two spirited children whom I am very proud of and shed my most raw emotional moments with my dog!

My most recent work is predominantly abstract or semi-abstract. I have moved on from what I call “my blue period” which lasted about four years. My paintings have taken on new brighter, richer colours inspired by my travels as well as what I feel.

I became a Buddhist in 2011 and the Buddhist philosophy completely changed my outlook on life and I will never stop this wonderful practice.

I don’t know where my work in the future will take me, and that is quite exciting. I do know that I will never stop painting, never stop taking photographs, never stop loving life and definitely never stop laughing.

I hope that my images both inspire and captivate my audience and I wish you all well.

  • Joined: January 2009

Journal

FEAR

Fear knocked on my door / I answered the door with love / No one was there!
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So begineth the next chapter

Having decided at the tender age of 46 to conquer myself, I look forward to the just rewards! / Wiser, prettier, stronger, cleverer, peaceful, contented, sightfull, insightfull? determined, empathic, open, on a mission!, intrigued by life and chance meetings, suprised by ones path, agreeable to letting go of the past, trusting in God……….. / Here I am and I am here lord.
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