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Jolyn Wells-Moran - Biography

Artist's Statement and Bio


"There aren't any better days than the ones in which I feel close to, or that I have accomplished, conveying my aesthetic and emotional experience of a relative moment in nature -- although I love the struggle, drama and comedy of the actual process too,"  says Jolyn Wells-Moran. Wells-Moran is a plein air (outdoor) painter in oils. She often uses her plein air studies, memory and sometimes photographs to enlarge upon a plein air piece, or to develop it further, in the studio. She generally paints in the northwestern United States and Baja Sur, Mexico, with occasional excursions elsewhere.

When outside painting, she tends to first complete one to three small sketches, including a notan (black and white) study, and then paint two or more very small, or thumbnail, color studies -- as needed to plan for the results she seeks. She frequently tones the canvas or gessoed panel, draws in the composition with a thin brush, and then rubs out the light areas of the painting surface. Her next step is to lay down the values with hues, within the masses of the composition, working dark to light. She says she tries to paint in the values and hues to show the outdoor light as closely as possible. She paints most thinly the parts of the composition that are darker and those that are furthest away. She alternately uses palettes of earth (naturalistic),  expressionistic or impressionistic (complimentary) colors. Her palette is limited for plein air work to keep the process as simple as possible, making a finished painting manageable before losing the light, and creating a color harmonized work.

Wells-Moran studied at the Marchutz School of Art, Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence; minored in Art in college; and has taken workshops and classes from Kathryn Stats, Camille Przewodek, Pam Ingalls, Eric Jacobsen, Mitch Albala, Charles Emerson and other fine artists-instructors. She was recently named a finalist in the Artist's Magazine's Annual Art Competition and received a Special Recognition Award from Art, Space & Time Gallery's 2014 International Open Competition. She accepts a selected and limited number of commissions from small and up to 40" x 40".

Recent awards and press:

Light Space & Time Gallery, 2014 Open, Award for Outstanding Art

Artist’s Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition, 2014, Finalist of 7,200 entries

Southwest Art Magazine, Jan 2015, editorial, "Top Honors"

See Wells-Moran's free ebook on plein air painting by writing "free ebook" on the contact form on this web site at http://jwellsmoran.com/contact



Favorite Quotes


"The greatest misconception about abstract painting is that because there is little or no representational subject, anything goes. This could not be further from the truth."  Mitch Albala, painter and instructor




Member, Oil Painters of America (OPA)

Member, Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA)




Jolyn Wells-Moran - Biography