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Jan Cook Mack Studio

The art of Jan Cook Mack can be seen everywhere in Wenatchee, from public buildings to private homes. She has painted scenes of eastern Washington, the natural world as well as portraits too many to list. And she is nowhere near done yet.

About Jan Cook Mack

Jan Cook Mack grew up in the United States and in Taiwan before settling down in eastern Washington in 1986. She studied in Taiwan and also learned Chinese hand-scroll painting. Cook Mack has a Fine Arts degree from Bennington College, Vermont.

While on the east coast, Jan Cook Mack’s earlier work included painting cows in Vermont in the 1970’s. She still receives complimentary maple syrup from people whose livestock she immortalized on canvas. Cook Mack was drawn to the entire realm of farming, with its animals, tractors and landscapes.

Cook Mack also painted several portraits of senators and other public figures on the eastern side of our nation.

For several years, Jan Cook Mack hiked or even skied to the locations she wanted to paint, with all her art supplies in tow. She feels that painting onsite allows the artist best absorb the energy of the location at the moment – by the time the painter returns to the studio the connection can be much diminished.

 Her collected works up to date include depictions of people, either public or private, landscapes, flowers, and animals. Jan Cook Mack’s own sons can be found in many of her paintings. Her cow, hen and rooster “portraits” are all unique with distinct personalities.

Cook Mack’s paintings adorn the interiors of in several locations in Wenatchee, such as the Confluence Technology Building in the Olds Station Area, 285 Technology Center Way. Besides Wenatchee, her works have been placed in several corporate headquarters throughout the United States.

Murals

While Cook Mack primarily paints on canvas, she has also embellished some of Wenatchee’s streets with murals.

The Fifth Street mural, near the Apple Capitol Loop Trail, portrays people in various outdoor activities typical to our area: bicyclists, kayakers, and joggers.

Another outdoor creation she participated in is on the corner of Yakima Street and Wenatchee Avenue. The large mural, covering most of the building’s exterior wall, is a waterfall scene with many delightful details such as animals peeking from behind rocks and trees.

Paintings

Soft, almost translucent, tones have become Cook Mack’s trademark. She creates beautiful images of apple blossoms, cherries, and the hillsides with the light, air and the motion of the water almost tangible in her work.

The landscapes are of the foothills, the rivers, the impressive basalt formations around the Wenatchee area and of course the river pebbles.

Cook Mack is well-known for the captivating paintings of the small river rocks, amazingly varied in color and shape. She has the patience to reproduce even the tiniest morsels, one at a time, until the canvas is an amazing patchwork of pebbles.

Jewelry and Other Art

Cook Mack’s creativity doesn’t end at the canvas: she makes lovely pieces of jewelry and also paints river rocks with unique designs. Her jewelry collection includes bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

If you cannot purchase a canvas-sized work of Cook Mack’s, she also has her works reproduced in small-scale prints and note cards. They include outdoor scenes of winter and summer, flowers, hens and roosters and rocks.

Studio

Jan Cook Mack’s studio, a red converted barn, is located at 529 Easy Street, just minutes from town. It is well worth the visit as the two-story building is filled with works of art, from floor to ceiling, and every other available surface.

While she can be found there most days working and teaching, she does welcome visitors by appointment. That requires little more than a phone call to see if she has the time. 

You can reach Cook Mack at 509-662-8383

For more information, go to http://jancookmack.com/oil-paintings.html.

Jaana Hatton