Jan Fontecchio

Biography

Jan Fontecchio was raised on a horse ranch in the low desert; and grew up riding, immersed in wildlife, stark landscapes, and cowboy life. As she’s naturally an artist, these are the scenes that inspired her first drawings and her first sculptures; made entirely of baling wire. At 16, Fontecchio was represented by the prestigious Art Tower Gallery in Cambria, CA. She received her Fine Art degree while also volunteering to care for and photograph the wild animals at Wildlife Waystation and Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Big Cat Preserve. She trained dolphins for Six Flags, provided carved leather pieces for Hollywood, sculptured in clay, and created graphic illustrations for NASA and Air Force projects and publications. Her experiences of ranch life, horses, and wild animal care fostered a love for the action and atmosphere found in the west; “the wildlife”. This is what she paints, the unpredictable and beautiful moments and stories of life in the wild. She renders bold paintings with the special magic that each of her subjects naturally possess. “It’s more than the realism of skin and muscle, light and shadow; each scene has an impact in space and time.” The pursuit of this lures Fontecchio to the easel, to writing, and to teaching others. It also inspires her writing at ispyanimals.com, where she reveals amazing stories about the creatures in our world. When not painting and traveling to art events, Fontecchio resides in beautiful northern Idaho.

Galleries:
UGallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Painter’s Chair, Coeur d’Alene, ID
Exhibitions:
• 2021 Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Salon, Gainesville, GA
• 2021 Oil Painters of America (OPA) 30th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Escondido, CA
• 2021 Miniatures by the Lake Show, Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID
• 2021 C.M. Russell Museum Live Auction, Great Falls, MT
• 2021 Small Works Show, Frame of Reference Fine Art, Whitefish, MT
• 2020 Miniatures by the Lake Show, Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID
• 2020 Women Artists of the West, Annual Exhibition Gallery, Tucson, AZ
• 2020 Mountain Oyster Annual Juried Exhibition
• 2020 Out West Artists Show, Western Art Week, Great Falls, MT
• 2020 WAOW Jubilee Exhibition, Settler’s West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
• 2020 Cheyenne Frontiers Days Fine Art Exhibit, Cheyenne, WY
• 2020 Endangered Art, online exhibit www.Art4Apes.com
• 2020 Western Spirit Exhibit, Cheyenne, WY
• 2019 Miniatures by the Lake Show, Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID
• 2019 Solo Exhibition Wenaha Gallery, Wenaha, WA
• 2019 Small Works Show, Frame of Reference Gallery, Kalispell, MT
• 2019 Breckenridge Juried Fine Art Show, Breckenridge, TX
• 2019 Solo Exhibition at La Petite Galerie, Marco Island Art Museum, Marco Island, FL
• 2019 Out West Artists Show, Western Art Week, Great Falls, MT
• 2018 Bosque Art Classic, Clifton, TX
• 2018 Women Artists of the West, R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
• 2018 Western Heritage Artists Exhibition at Western Art Week, MT
• 2018 Western Spirit Exhibit, Cheyenne, WY
• 2018 Women in Art, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna, CA
• 2018 Miniatures by the Lake Show, Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID
• 2017 Landscapes and Seascapes Fine Art, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
• 2017 Miniatures by the Lake Show, Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene
• 2017 Women Artists of the West Show, Summer Showcase
• 2017 Breckenridge Juried Fine Art Show, Breckenridge, CO
• 2017 American Plains Artist Juried Fine Art Show, TX
• 2017 Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition, London, U.K.
• 2017 At The Walker Exhibition and Sale, KS
• 2017 Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Cheyenne, WY
• 2017 Artist Invitational, Ft. Concho Museum 100th Anniversary, TX
• 2017 35th Annual Frontier Days Fine Art Show, Cheyenne, WY
Awards:
2021 FAV 10, Boldbrush Art Contest
2020 FAV 10, Boldbrush Art Contest
2019 FAV 15, Boldbrush Art Contest
2018 Silver Spur Award, Best Painting, American Plains Artists
2017 Top Portrait, The Art Edge

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