Jan Rankin

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(posted on 16 Feb 2019)




February 16 @ 12:00 pm - March 9 @ 4:00 pm

* Deerlake Gallery Hours: Closed Sunday/Monday and all holidays

Horizons is an exhibition that will be held at the Deer Lake Art Gallery featuring the works of Deb Chaney, Jan Rankin, Wolfgang Vogt & Ronald Wattand is hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council.  The exhibition will open Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 12 to 4 pm and will run until March 9, 2019.


Horizons is a unique exhibition showcasing a diverse selections of an artist’s perspective of a landscape.  Horizons includes a rich and varied survey of the natural world.    Exploring the relationship between painting, glass and the abstract.  Horizons brings together for the first time 4 outstanding artists with differing views featuring Deb Chaney, Jan Rankin, Wolfgang Vogt & Ronald Watt.


Deb Chaney is a contemporary abstract artist, speaker, & workshop facilitator. Recently named by Vancouver City Buzz and Culture Trip as one of the top 10 contemporary artists to watch in Vancouver, her artwork has been featured in Style At Home Magazine, The Georgia Strait, thrice on the homepage for Saatchi Online Gallery, in Rainmaker Films and on Telus TV. She teaches and speaks about the creative process and living an inspired empowered life.


The infinite and ever changing sky is the jumping off point for most of Jan Rankin’s work.  Rankin’s “Dark Night Skies” series of auroras and galaxies


Ever since Wolfgang Vogt visited a glass studio many years ago he has been fascinated with the art of glass and its many forms.  Vogt’s sculpture are in natural and abstract forms and each one is a unique piece of art.  Their varying colours bring to life the different seasons.


Ronald Watt is an autodidact artist from South Africa, now resident in North Vancouver, B.C. His preferred theme is landscapes for which he draws inspiration from the South African “Highveld” and “Karoo” regions with their vast plains and big skies.  Ronald holds signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists and is regularly accepted for the Federation’s group exhibitions. Since 1974 he has exhibited extensively in South Africa, including with the South African Association of Art


Please join us at the Deer Lake Art Gallery for the OPENING Horizons on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 @ 12 pm.

(posted on 12 Feb 2019)

"Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never want to die
Born to be Wild!"


Every once in awhile a line of a song (or a few) will take hold of my heart or my head and stay there with persistence nudging at me until I make it sing on a canvas. The first such incarnation of a song was "Born to be Wild" ~ the painting is created by feelings of freedom and joy.  The energy of wild nature. 


With great gratitude on this Valentine's Day - all my hearts have a home. All You Need is Love, Flux & Reign. None were purchased for this day but because each one spoke to the buyer on a very emotional level. I had the wonderful opportunity to be inspired by the prose of local Vancouver writer Derrick Bauman and from his words came these works. 


(posted on 2 Feb 2018)

The sun is finally coming out this morning after what feels like months of rain (a bit of an exaggeration)! I have been busy in the studio but not so good at posting as pieces come to completion. However, today there are 4 new works on my website and I hope you will enjoy them.


Two pieces in the Dark Night Sky series "NIGHT MOVES" & "WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN" . . . clearly, music inspires me :)


In a departure from my usual palette and style are "WHERE THE SALMON RUN - (The Mighty Fraser)" & "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE - (BC Interior Desert & Lakes). 


With gratitude, 




I'm so happy that "North Shore'' has been accepted to the 2017 Painting on the Edge Exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery in Vancouver July 18 - August 6/17. Painting on the Edge is an International open call, competition and exhibition open to all artists worldwide. (Best to open the photo to see the whole painting). The Federation Gallery is at 1241 Cartwright, Granville Island.

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 40" x 16"

(posted on 23 May 2017)

I'm so pleased that "Anticipation" has been accepted by jury into the upcoming Oil & Water exhibition at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen, BC. This is one from a series of 4 pieces. All pieces can be seen in the Seasons Gallery page on my website.

Reception is June 1, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30. I look forward to seeing you there!

Exhibit runs from June 1 to 24, 2017. There are 83 amazing works.

I'm so excited that "GYPSY" has been selected for the upcoming LUMINESCENCE ll exhibition. The big event night is March 18, 2017 at the Deer Lake Gallery. For all the great details of the opening event please follow the link. I hope to see you there! The exhibition runs to April 8th.


(posted on 15 May 2016)

Earthwise Gardens in Tsawwassen, BC is a truly magical place for both organic gardeners and flower lovers. Spots like the Hummingbird Garden, the Butterfly Garden are dense, lush and highly colourful to attract bees and of course, hummingbirds and butterflies. The gardens also attract painters who love to work outdoors.

I have painted a few florals but generally I'm not a paint the flowers kind of artist and definitely not garden scenes. To date, all of my work has been created from photographs of places I've been, things I have seen or inspired by songs and poems.

En plein air painting has always seemed daunting to me. I paint rather slowly and I paint in acrylics - fast drying paint. Interesting combination. Painting outside means the paint will dry even faster. There are many opportunities to paint with plein air groups and competitions but nothing has moved me to get out there. Until a chance to paint at Earthwise came up. I put aside my "I can't do that" thinking and tagged along with some good mentors on the past few warm and sunny Saturdays. I had fun. And, I discovered some ways to work with the paint and then to take the sketch and work it a bit more at the studio.

Hi friends!

I happy to tell you that some of my work will be on display at Good Day Sunshine Café for the entire month of February. On February 7th from 2pm to 4pm I am hosting a "Meet the Artist" reception and hope to see some of you (I know it's Super Bowl Sunday - but, not all of us are football fans).

Good Day Sunshine Café is located at #100 - 2950 King George Boulevard, Surrey.

Creatively yours, Jan

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