Jan Aronson is a New Orleans-born artist working and living in New York City. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans in 1971 and her master's degree from Pratt Institute in 1973. Aronson is known for her nature inspired work that has taken her to Sinai, the Indian Himalayas, Patagonia, the Amazon, the American West, the beaches of Anguilla and the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.
"Endowing her subjects with an almost supernatural uniqueness, while retaining the factual data that she obtains from photographs, Jan Aronson creates portraits of mountains, deserts, creeks, clouds, leaves, and people. The images are selected and composed (for the most part) through the lens of her camera, and then transformed by oil on canvas -- as well as by watercolor or pastel on paper -- to reveal her own way of seeing and her sensual engagement with the act of painting. Like many twenty-first century realists, Aronson's work is more about ways of seeing than about what is represented. Aronson's paintings depict specific times, spaces and naturalistic details while evoking psychological and spiritual states though color and rhythmic design. She perceives the abstract qualities in nature and intensifies them."
Miranda McLintic, Catalog Essay 2005