As you know, I am an artist who writes about artists. This week, on a cold winter day, I got out my colored pencils to sketch some landscapes of the Virginia countryside. I hardly ever use colored pencils, but decided to use them as a challenge.
Last evening, I went to my wife’s opening at the Waverly Street Gallery to see her exhibit and to see all of the other artists participating at this special gallery. There was a larger than the usual display of jewelry, some of which I had seen before. In the middle of this, there was something new and different by artist Jan Maddox.
Jan used colored pencils to create miniature art that she incorporated into jewelry. The word “exquisite” is often used to describe fine jewelry and her use of tiny colored pencil drawings make these items just that.
She told me that she gains inspiration for her tiny drawings from other artists. Well, she inspires me to want to make some jewelry too.
“Ms. Maddox has a BFA degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. In addition to a long career of teaching design, art appreciation and jewelry and exhibiting her work, she has been active in various professional and community groups. One of the founding members of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths, her other organizations include the James Renwick Alliance, the Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. In the past she as served as president of the Maryland Crafts Council, President of the Rockville Arts Place board, Secretary of the James Renwick Alliance board and was a co-founder and Vice-President of the VO Galerie in Washington DC for three years.”