Welcome to the art of Richard Jahn
Very early on, perhaps before I was born, I received a gift of "artisticness" that I did not work for or earn in any way, it came to me without any effort on my part. I have nurtured it but it has never been work. Nevertheless, it has become a calling on my life that I cannot disregard. I cannot not be an artist. Like a marriage, some of us hear something like - Do you Richard Jahn, take this gift to be your own to love, cherish and nurture through sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, through good times and in bad till death do you part? and some of us say - I do.
Once I began to paint, I found that it allowed me to express myself in ways that nothing else could. During my career as a professional firefighter and even before, I painted and showed my art throughout the North West. Now I am a full time painter living the dream and making it up as I go.
I want my paintings to be entertaining to look at as well as an expression of who I am as a person. I see being an artist as more of a state of being than just a skill of making nice looking things. I want people to feel a sense of connectedness with me as the artist both from the subject matter and from the energy I put into each brush stroke and the thoughts that go into them. I try to keep my theme relevant to who I am and the places I see - the Pacific Northwest - My art is constantly changing, always evolving, always trying new things, never staying the same.