What is your favourite time of the day?
The early morning, just after the sun comes up. I’d throw back the velvet curtains of the JLA Studios production offices, walk out onto the balcony and drink in the view of the majestic 100-year-old rain trees across the street from where I work and live with my family.
In those moments, I cherish the preciousness of life, how lucky I am to live where I do in these exciting times – my wife and I just had a baby – and the clear-eyed vision of the beauty and purpose I am working to articulate in this life.
What is your design style?
Neat, colourful, crisp and light-hearted with strongly- contrasting colour fields, neatly hewn details and natural patterns and textures wherever possible. Everything is well crafted, of course, with top-quality materials and construction.
In my abstract expressionist paintings, I enjoy large, bold gestures in lightly pigmented or even monochromatic traditional materials such as the black and white oils and acrylics as seen in the works of American abstract expressionists Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell.
You could say there’s a bit of the Scandinavian in my personal design style, as explained by my Danish-American heritage. But there are other European, Asian, and Arabic inspirations in there as well, plus some edge from good ol’ American rock and roll and pop culture.
What makes you smile the most?
Looking into the face of my newborn daughter Emma and then seeing my wife Cathy’s beautiful face looking peacefully and attentively over her. Though I’m still very new at it, parenthood is quite a beautiful experience. I think everyone who has patience and a parental temperament should try it out.
What’s your biggest strength?
My creative mind powered by my energy. I was blessed with my mother Jane’s artist’s mind and the principled drive of a locomotive from my father Reed.
How would you define yourself in three words?
Thoughtful. Considerate. Driven.
What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I suppose one thing most people don’t know about me is that although I appear to have a consistently sunny-sweet, happy and even Pollyanna-ish disposition about me, I possess a seasoned and practical business mind at work.
For more information, visit www.janlarsenart.com.
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