In September 2016, Jan traveled to Tanzania, Africa on a Safari Adventure with Robert Caldwell and a group of artists. The experience was life changing as she embarked on an adventure that was
a spiritual rejuvenation awakening the senses of the creation. A new outlook with intentions of creating new goals and art with inspirations from the heart. The Africa experience was more than
photography or just seeing the animals,
it was breathing the air, smelling the African rain that was so refreshing, watching the animals in their own environment and interacting with one another. It was experiencing the sight of
wild and free animals that are uncaged, ungrouped, animals
in a pride - choosing their own paths. It was exciting to watch the elephants splashing in the water, playing with one
another, their trunks lifted high to smell the humans in the safari jeep (safe distance away).
"Experiencing Africa's animals in the wild was the most rewarding adventure. It awakens your soul and opens your heart and eyes to the importance of conservation. These beautiful creatures are amazing to see in the wild as free beings. The hypnotic sounds of birds during the day. The sounds of Africa at nigth awaken with the roars of lions, hyenas, zebras snorting, and creatures rustling in the grass around the tent. Waking to see the shape of a giraffe gliding its nose across the tent. The African rain was a refreshing experience, the smells implanted in one's senses for life! The magnitude of the landscapes and sunsets, sunrises, and seeing the Ngorongoro Crater's beautiful creatures. The smell of jasmine impermeating through the air. It was more than a safari, it was an awakening of the soul. Watch Jan's journey unfold as each painting depicts how Africa captured her heart.
"Spirit Guide" was created to express the devastation that poaching has on orphaned baby elephants. Jan visited The Ivory Orphange in Tanzania with her safari group. A place that holds on to your heart and never lets go.