For over two decades, Jan Collins Selman has lived on, and creatively captured, the island of Nantucket and the coastlines of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. She is known for her distinction of color and depicting the seasonal color changes.
From Polpis Harbor to Smith’s Point, the Nantucket atmosphere is caught in the subtle, yet vigorous handling of clear color and solid paint with bold strokes with both brush and palette knife. Her paintings convey energy and mood more than other painting approaches.
Selman has received numerous awards including Gumbacher “Best in Show – The All New England Show” in the 1980’s, CorelDRAW 1991 and 92 World Design Competition: Third Place; National Scholastic Scholastic for Top Art Portfolios; National Scholastic Gold Medal for Pencil Drawing at the Boston Globe Exhibition at Boston University; National Scholastic Gold Medal (for woodcut), also at the Boston Globe Exhibition, and the Hallmark Nomination for Drawing, among many other awards and honors.
Selman’s paintings are included in the Permanent Collections at Provincetown Art Museum, Duxbury Art Museum Complex, Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts, and the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Barnstable, MA, as well as the private collections of the Mellon and Kennedy families.
With a noted inclusion in Who’s Who in American Art, she is a longtime member of the Boston Copley Society and the Pastel Society of America.