The roots of Jan’s professional art career extend deep into childhood, where her family’s love for the outdoors nurtured curiosity and creativity. Her mother taught her to savor the world and love its creatures. Together they got dirt under their nails, climbed trees, caught fireflies in a jar, and fully enjoyed all the wonder of the changing seasons. A heritage also handed down by her grandfather who introduced Jan to the life of a southern cowman, filling her mind and heart until horses, cattle, and cowboys became a craving as strong as sweets!
When Jan moved west to Colorado, she discovered that horses were everywhere just like she’d imagined. The west took up residence inside of her. It’s shapes, colors and movements lured her in, and fed her growing curiosity. Although art and science often hold up two different ends of a spectrum, this powerful combination continues to fuel a passion in Jan for nature and the wonder tucked into the fabric of creation. As she sought to render the wonder around her through art, Jan began to realize that an object is not alone but is defined by its context: whether it is larger than, brighter than, quicker than… what is next to it. Each element in creation or any work of art is dependent on the rest. Order without randomness is boring, they need each other! Her goal is to weave these components together in each painting and sculpture, resulting in a pleasant visual experience much like a great chef’s meal or a beautiful symphony.
Mapes has exhibited in many fine shows across the country; Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ, Briscoe Museum, Night of Artists, San Antonio, TX, Brinton Museum, Small Works Exhibition, Big Horn, WY, Phippen Museum Miniature Masterpieces Art Show & Sale, Prescott, AZ, Phippen Museum Hold Your Horses Art Show & Sale, Bosque Art Classic, Clifton, T, America’s Horse in Art: AQHA Museum, Amarillo, TX, Salmugundi Non-Member Exhibition, New York, NY National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum: Small Works Great Wonders , NCHA, The Art of Cutting, Fort Worth, TX Mountain Oyster Club’s Contemporary Western Art Show, Tucson, AZ, Miniatures by the Lake, Coeur d’ Alene Galleries, ID, National Ranching Heritage Association, Summer Stampede, Lubbock, TX, Museum of the Big Bend, Trappings of Texas, Alpine, TX, Weekend in the West, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO. She has won many awards for her exceptional work; Gold Medal Sculpture for Abilene, Bosque Art Classic, 2016, Gold Medal Sculpture and the Boren-Selvidge Award for Mountain Belles, Joseph Hartley Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club, New York, Best of Show, Bosque Art Classic; Best of Show, Cowgirl Up! Wickenburg, AZ, Best of Sculpture at the Scottsdale Arts School Show, Gold Medal, Knickerbocker Exhibition, Foundation Award, Phippen Museum.
Mapes belongs to the National Sculpture Society Member (NSS) and the American Impressionist Society Member. (AIS) She is represented by the Biltmore Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Bozeman Trail Gallery, Sheridan, WY, Broadmoor, Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO, Hunt Gallery, San Antonio, TX, and Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.