Jan Crawford is an established Vancouver artist known for her paintings and prints of orchards, landscapes and people in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. In Preserve she presents a series of brilliant large canvasses depicting jams and jellies made from local fruit.
Crawfords images recall changes in the regional environment as well as changes in the orchard culture. Painted in a realistic style, the gorgeous vibrant paintings are not only beautiful to look at, they also call attention to the tradition of representational painting as a form of documentation, and to the practice of canning fruit as a memorable annual event. As she writes, Whether it is based in the personal or cultural, preserving is intrinsic to the human experience.
Crawford was born in Vancouver and moved to the Okanagan as a child, where she was raised in an orchard setting. She studied art in Vancouver from 1979 to 1988 and graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College, a Bachelor of Education (Art Major) from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking Major) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Since 1986 she has been a member of Malaspina Printmakers Gallery on Granville Island, where she has produced over 140 large and colourful monotypes.