When we had the CLAS AGM 2015 at the British Library, Jan Mehigan was Artist in Residence. I asked her if I could feature her on my blog. I met her and sat next to her at the very first Calligraphy Festival in 1995 at Repton. We were both attending Jean Larcher’s class in Copperplate. Later, after moving to the UK I had an “extra lesson” in gilding with her. janet is still one of the finest gilders I have ever met. her gilding is fabulously smooth and just glows.
In the little doormouse (about 12cm square) on vellum below you can see the quality of her fine detail painting and the wonderful gilding. If you ever wish to commission something like this for a wonderful gift, Jan is the person to speak to. You can contact her through CLAS.
She has recently gained the Diploma of the Society of Botanical Artists. Here is one of her large botanical paintings: Camellia and Holly. Botanical paintings can be quite functional, however, Jan’s not only describes the flower but she also imbues life into the plants. They are also very beautifully composed. (about A3 in size)
She has a BA (Hons) in Education and has has taught Drawing, Watercolour Painting and Calligraphy for over 28 years and has written several calligraphy books, (some co-authored with Mary Noble). She currently gives course at nearby Ardington School of Crafts.
Thanks for sharing, Jan!