Prince George water colour artist Jan McEachen has decided to literally put her talents into the hands of her patrons.
Jan has taken her paintings and placed the images on playing cards so every time a person picks them up they are reminded of iconic images representing Prince George.
Jan first reached out to The Prince George Citizen to make sure she wasn’t infringing on any copyright issues as she believed she was using one of our photographer’s images as a reference when she painted The Little Prince, the iconic little passenger train that travels through Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park near the newly-renovated Exploration Place.
It turns out the image is a promotional image from The Exploration Place but just so everyone knows, there are no copyright issues if you’d like to create from one of our images. We think it’s kind of cool.
Jan has created several lovely images using water colour and pen and ink like the cutbanks, Cottonwood Island Park, and Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, Rainbow Park bridge, a logging truck and of course, The Little Prince.
Jan recently came back to her painting after years of being busy with other important things.
“I got sidetracked as a mother and now as a grandmother but found my way back to painting a couple of years ago,” Jan explained, who has lived in Prince George for the last 30 years.
The idea of creating a deck of playing cards with localized images on them was taken from a deck of cards that Jan’s daughter saw in Portland where artist Aaron Voronoff Trotter had done the same thing.
“And I thought it was a good idea,” Jan said.
Look for Jan and her playing cards at Merry & Bright, the Prince George & District Community Arts Council weekly Thursday night market from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at Studio 2880, 2880-15th Ave.