Grandmother knits snow-white mittens that Nikki takes on an adventure. Readers will enjoy the charm and humor in the portrayal of the animals as they make room for each newcomer in the mitten and sprawl in the snow after the big sneeze.-The Horn BookSeveral animals sleep snugly in Nickis lost mitten until the bear sneezes.picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place Im drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real.
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain, she says. Im delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting.
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my childrens books.