Award-winning Landscape Artist, Pet Portrait Painter, Monochrome Waterscape Specialist and more!
Van was born and raised in Dallas. After graduating from UNT with a degree in R/T/F, she made TV commercials for 13 years. Then, looking for a change, she moved to Japan where her photography was featured in The Japan Times, the national English newspaper. Ten years later, she returned to the States and began painting with acrylics. She is now showing, selling, and winning awards for her work at juried shows and art fairs around Tarrant County and doing various commissions with a concentration in pet portraits. Her major influences are Eugene Boudin, Monet's first mentor; John Singer Sargent, and Edgar Degas.
“All my life I have tried to capture the delicate dance of light and shadow, first through photography and then through painting. When I decided to use acrylic paint and canvas to interpret photos I'd taken of boats on a lake one misty morning in Japan, I created my best-selling Hamanako series. This was a turning point in my painting career.”
“When I discovered portraiture, I loved the challenge of capturing an image that reflected the personality of the person or pet as well as the likeness. I've learned creating something interesting that can give pleasure to others is the reason I am here.”