technique, knowledge and very strong opinions with her students through her workshops and her books.
Jan began her formal study with Frederick Taubes, who was an contributor to American Artist magazine, developed paints and other products for Permanent Pigments, and was also the author of over 40 books. After just one workshop with him, he asked her to be his assistant the next year, so she must have been a quick study. It wasn't long before she offered her own summer courses and developed her unique style.
My brother, William A. Herring, and I saw her painting everyday in her studio. He also pursued an artist's life with a similar personality. I am convinced that he is an artistic genius and has no fear.
The passion for creating was passed to Jan's grandchildren as they, too, grew up in her studio. She had "art class" for them on a regular basis when they were kids. My three daughters really think outside the box because of her. Amanda and Emily have continued in the artistic family tradition in their own, Amanda with painting and ceramics, Emily in
a business she founded as a knitwear designer working with Peruvian women.
My mom would be proud.