Artist Statement

I paint with fabric! Color plays an important role in my creative process. Whether it is bold and bright or serene and calming, I enjoy mixing my fabric color palette as an artist mixes his paints. Much of my work is composed of pictorial pieces, inspired by my ten years living abroad and my worldwide travels. I start with my own photos, create a pattern and interpret it, as it suits the composition. I often combine piecing and fusing in one piece and enjoy adding unexpected photo transfers.

Many of my own hand dyes end up in my work, often mixed with those of others and commercial fabrics. I usually work on several projects at a time, all at different stages. This gives me the flexibility of choosing what suits my mood on any given day.

I recently began exploring improvisational piecing using solid fabrics. This has lead to more bold and abstract pieces. The colors and unusual shapes create movement and tension, which in turn gives energy and vitality to the works. I am delighted with this new direction and see a bright future ahead.

I recently became a member of an international art group called 20 Perspectives. We are composed of 20 artists from around the world. We work together to create art and to exhibit together internationally.

My desire is that my finished compositions draw you in and bring back fond memories of places you have been or places you wish to visit! We can all enjoy a good escape!

I live and work in Elk Grove, California.

Jan Soules at Asilomar, 2024
Asilomar, 2024

Member of:

SAQA Juried Artist
20 Perspectives