Hirdie Girdie Gallery hosts a different guest artist each month.
We are pleased to be representing, for the month of February 2021, artist Jan Ellen Atkielski.
Jan Ellen Atkielski is highly regarded as a strong, lyrical impressionist painter. Although she paints in pastel, acrylic and watercolor, her focus for the past several years has been painting in oil with painting/palette knives. With pure skill and vision, Jan has radically taken knife painting to an astonishing level. Her works stand out with a brilliance of rich color that can only be produced with the palette knife and a sure hand.
A professional artist with a bachelor’s degree in art, Jan Ellen has exhibited for over 40 years and has an extensive list of collectors, both private and commercial. Her largest private collector is Jean DeDouvre of LaLique Glass, who owns 14 paintings. Some of her more noteworthy corporate commissions include NFL Alumni, Ameritech, The Town Hall of Fort Myers Beach, Northwestern Mutual and Ironwood Golf Course.
She has judged local and national exhibits, is a published author and popular lecturer, has been featured in print and on television and was the Executive Director of International Art Search. She was nominated as an “Angel of the Arts” for Best Visual Artist in 2006 by the Alliance of the Arts.