Jan Kozel’s love for drawing and painting started when she was in third grade. She drew a manger scene on the blackboard that became the Christmas card for the school, and the drawing remained on the blackboard for the entire year.
As an adult, Kozel started in the early 1970s finding her own personal style of painting. She has worked in many mediums: watercolor, pastels and acrylics, painting landscapes and people.
“I always loved art but didn’t think there was a job in art,” Kozel said.
She decided to attend nursing school and became a registered nurse working in pediatrics. It was in the hospital where she worked that she and other staff painted murals on the walls for the children.
The family moved from the Midwest to Florida in 1972.“I continued to study art whenever I could find classes offered in watercolor,” she said.
In 2007, Kozel and her husband settled in North Augusta after living for a while in the mountains of North Carolina.
One of her favorite locations to paint is the Brick Ponds en plein air (painting on location), which requires her to concentrate on just a part of the scenery and not to paint everything her eye sees.
She is inspired by artists such as Sterling Edwards, Skip Lawrence and Don Andrews.
In addition to the North Augusta Artists Guild, Kozel is a member of the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.