About the Artist :: Jan McElhinny

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Jan McElhinny is an oil painter living on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She paints to express her interpretation of what she finds intriguing in the world. Jan is primarily interested in portraying one fleeting idea; usually the light, space, or form in a situation that she finds instantly compelling. Abstracting unnecessary details leads to the elaborate interpretation of her surroundings.

Jan holds a BA in Psychology from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont, and has studied painting with many different artists, including Margaret McWethy, Sue Charles, Kim Alemian, Jen Bradley, Diane Rappisi, Sherrie McGraw, Rob Liberace, Dan Thompson, George Nick, Catherine Kehoe, Jon Imber, Colin Page, Jordan Wolfson, Michael Klein, Peter Schroth, Ken Auster, Daniel Keyes, Michael Klein, and others. She has served as a teaching assistant to Margaret McWethy since 2011, and is on the Board of Advisors for the South Shore Art Center.


2012 Plymouth Annual Juried Show, Honorable Mention, Oils
2012 South Shore Blue Ribbon Show, Blue Ribbon Recipient
2012 South Shore Summer Art Festival, Award of Excellence
2012 North River Arts Juried Summer Festival, Honorable Mention, Oils
2011 Plymouth Juried Show, Honorable Mention, Oils
2011 South Shore Art Center, “Blue Ribbon Show,” Blue Ribbon Recipient
2011 Duxbury Winter Juried Show, First Prize, Oils
2010 South Shore Art Center National Show, “Body Language,” Juror: George Nick, Award of Merit
2009 North River Arts Society Calendar Winner for March 2011
2009 South Shore Juried Arts Festival, First Prize, Oils
2009 Spring Bull Gallery, “Fakes and Forgeries,” Honorable Mention
2008 Hull Life Saving Museum, “Sea and Sky Show,” First recipient of the Barbie Guild Plein Air Award
2008 South Shore Art Center’s “Blue Ribbon Show,” Honorable Mention

Solo Shows

2012 September and October, Paul Pratt Library, Cohasset, MA
2010 November, Five South Main, Cohasset, MA
2010 June, Starbucks, Cohasset, MA
2009 September, Five South Main, Cohasset, MA
2009 October and November, Sotheby’s Real Estate, Cohasset, MA