Tarjan Erl, Janet

Studio: Tarjan Studio
Community: Northwest
Email: tarjan@tarjanstudio.com
Website: www.tarjanstudio.com
Media: watercolor, oil

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2015 Small Expressions

Artist Statement

I am a traditional, semi-realistic watercolor and oil painter, and I represent my view of the places and things I experience through my hikes and outdoor explorations. My artwork is rooted in a sense of place, and I prefer to capture the features and impressions of places or objects, especially from the natural world, by distinguishing what makes them unique. I do this by painting individuality, not generic generality. I prefer portraying subjects that evoke rapture, reverence, and awe – subjects that engage people to be grateful for their universe and the natural world that sustains them. I paint beauty to lure people back to the not too distant past when mankind was one with Nature – to open their minds to something most people have forgotten.

I love traveling and exploring with my husband and being inspired by the vast beauty of this earth.


BORN: 1957; EDUCATION: University of California, Davis. 1978-81, Sierra College, Rocklin, CA. 1974-1977; MAJOR FIELDS: Fine Arts. PROFESSIONAL JURIED AFFILIATIONS: National Watercolor Society (NWS)(Signature Member)

Janet’s professional art career spans forty years of painting fine art and illustrating. She has exhibited in over fifty exhibition venues including one person shows, group shows, and juried competitions in museums, arts organizations, and galleries, and has won many awards for her watercolors and oils. She has been featured in publications such as American Artist, US Art, and Wildlife Art News, and her paintings are in noteworthy museum, corporate, and private collections. She has also won international awards for her illustrations, and her list of clientele includes noted companies such as 20th Century Fox, Black Bear Diner, and Sirius Software.

Gallery Affiliations

Charles Spinetta Winery and Wildlife Art Gallery, Plymouth, CA
Snow Creek Studio Gallery, Mt. Shasta, CA

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