Frequent trips to Europe enable Jann to capture the feeling and sense of the subjects she paints with a fresh vibrant handling of the medium. Light and texture are primary to her compositions in which she captures the essence and feeling of the many places seen and travelled. Pollard especially enjoys discovering new paints, mediums and substrates to paint on as they lead her to interesting experimental textures and moods to share with her audience.
Jann is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Society. She has a B.F.A. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as having studied under numerous, well known artists. Her work was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s juried exhibition and Southern Watercolor Society, winning the Winsor Newton Merchandise Award in 2016. In 2017, she won First Prize in watercolor in the National Heritage Contest for the Daughters of the American Revolution, awarded at their Continental Congress in Washington, DC.
“My love of art and travel, combined with a study of old world architecture is a never-ending inspiration for me. I see light, color, shapes and a moment in time that evoke a feeling that I want to capture in my paintings and share with my viewer”.
Pollard is co-author with Jerry Little of the book, Creative Computer Tools for Artists, Watson Guptill Publications and her work was featured in an article in International Artist magazine, At the time, using the computer as a new tool to design compositions was new to the artist; the invention of the camera for the Impressionist was a similar era. Today, most artists are using the computer in some mode or other to aid their creative process. Her work was featured in Watercolor magazine in 2012. She was the cover artist for the lauded Karen Brown travel books series for more than 15 years, painting cover images yearly for the 17 books.
Pollard completed several paintings for Princess Cruises and Duke University Cancer Center purchased 5 of her paintings for their new cancer building. Jann was a popular plein-air teacher in workshops in Europe, Mexico and the United States and has recently retired from teaching to allow more time for painting. Her extensive more than 1600 works are in private and corporate collections, internationally. Jann and her husband, Gene, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.