Jan L. Munro (American, contemporary)

Jan L. Munro is an American contemporary self – taught painter who in more than 40 years of work, has achieved a great amount of recognition. Paintings by Munro are listed in many important public and private collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the American Folk Art Museum, The John and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Nantucket Whaling Museum, to list only a few. Munro was born in Massachusetts, and her earliest American roots trace back to the first settlers of Cape Cod, Nantucket, and New Amsterdam (New York) in the 1600's, including direct family lines to the Swain, Dolor, Davis, Hyde, Eaton, Holmes, and Cook family trees. Munro describes her canvases as “pictorial – history” or that they are paintings with a message – actually read by the viewer, like a page in a book, with a noted focus on the waterfront lives of her own ancestors. Munro's favorite subjects include her native Massachusetts and New York. Whether it is a bustling town center, a quiet bayside, or illustrating living by the sea, Munro is always striving for realism, and carefully finishes each canvas to tell a story of American history.

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