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  Meet the Artist

Peter Collins



I seek to evoke the profound

beauty of ordinary things,

a sparrow’s wing, early morning 

mist on the lake, a wildflower in the woods.    Nature’s joy in growing, ripening, even decay, never

ceases to delight me. 

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"Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from

their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to

do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength." 

Emily Carr

"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."

Henry David Thoreau

     Jan L. Herrick

and Harold J. Fischel



1958-1960 Smith College

1960-1962 University of Michigan,  AB Economics

1972 Oakland University, MA English

1989 Wayne State University Law School, JD




Jan L. Herrick has been in love with horses since she was five years old.   For her fifth birthday, she asked her parents and friends to give her only cowboy stuff .  Although no one paid any attention to her wish, her passion for horses and the out of doors never waned. 


She began riding at nine and continued to ride during college. After taking a few years off to marry and start a family, she got her first horse when she was thirty-three.  She soon began foxhunting and has never looked back.  Now in her eighties, she is still hunting Mojo, a centennial hunt horse, whose age added to her age is greater than 100.


After raising three high-spirited children, becoming the grandmother of eight, teaching college English, and practicing law, she found a new love in watercolor.  Painting watercolors of horses, sporting dogs, cowboys and the west, farm animals, and children with ponies has taken her to workshops in Spain, Canada, Kentucky, Virginia, and Michigan.


She loves painting the horses and hounds of Michigan and Ireland, the cowboys of Montana, the farms of Michigan, the backstretch in Kentucky and Ireland.


She lives with her attorney and author husband, Harold J. Fischel, and their Labrador retriever, Freya, on twenty-eight wooded acres in Michigan.



I would love to paint a special portrait of your horse or horses, your sporting dog, your child or grandchild with his/her pony.  Please contact me for further information at: or 810-523-0634

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