Greenbelter Jan Garland is a self-taught artist with a background in tissue paper paintings that have become eco-friendly in recent years. With the environment in mind, she began experimenting with plastic bags in the summer of 2008, since they come in so many pretty colors and are so toxic to the universe. With her cut bits of plastic bags or torn bits of colored tissue paper, brushed on to a canvas with glue and water, her images become displays of characters, scenes,thoughts,and emotions.
In her art world, the choice really is “paper or plastic.” Jan continues to work with both mediums and has even combined the two as she continues to experiment.
Jan’s purpose is to participate more in the art world as an eco-artist.
Jan is a member of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance.