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Josi Callan

Josi Callan

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Olalla, United States


Josi Callan has devoted her life to the enhancement of the arts. As an artist, a museum director, a curator, and an executive of numerous nonprofit organizations, she has acquired a multi-dimensional perspective on the creative process.

Callan was born in Great Britain and gained her enthusiasm for painting early on from her father who was an artist. She began painting in her teens, continued through college and then turned to a career in the nonprofits. Residing in both the Northwest and Northeast, she has more time to pursue her passion for making art.

Callan's strong attachment with nature and her surroundings has been a meaningful constant in her life. She is inspired by what she sees; a newly opened rose or peony, the deep magenta of a cactus flower, a disappearing trail, all presents numerous possibilities. She aims to create a bit of magic with each painting.

Callan is a graduate of the California State University Domingues Hills and has studied art at The Art Students League of New York, The Seattle Artists League, Scottsdale Artists' School, Sedona Arts Center, and with individual instructors. Her paintings are represented in collections around the country. She is a juried member of Oil Painters of America, Arizona Art Alliance and has participated in several juried exhibitions, including Glendale Arts Council Fine Arts Competition 2015, Arizona Arts Alliance Holiday Exhibition 2014, SAS Beaux Arts 2012, 2014, Best and Brightest, 2013, 2014, Northern Trust 2013, Phoenix, Arizona and Art Intersection 2013, Gilbert, Arizona, Art in Partnership, Holland Gallery 2015. In 2019 Callan received an Honorable Mention for her painting “Alden’s Road” from the Art Students League of New York. Her painting, The Only Way Out is Always Through, has been selected as the artwork for the 2023 Gig Harbor Garden Show. She is represented by Gallery Row, Gig Harbor, Washington.

Artist Statement

I am Josi Callan, and I love to paint. I find inspiration, often in unlikely places, a red trash can inside an old shed, a forgotten barn, a rusting boat or a disappearing trail.

An avid gardener, I spend a lot of time painting flowers, often in their natural setting. I was born in Great Britain and gained my enthusiasm for painting from my father who was an artist. I began painting in my teens, continued through college and then spent many years running museums, often with great joy. Being on the other side, able to return to painting full-time, is a treasure.

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