Meet the Artist
I seek to portray 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.
"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."
Jan L. Herrick and Harold J. Fischel
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 seventies, She is still hunting Mojo, a centennial hunt horse, whose age added to her age equals 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 has painted 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-turned-author husband, Harold J. Fischel, and their Labrador retriever, Freya, on twenty-eight wooded acres in Michigan.
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."
Henry David Thoreau
1958-1960 Smith College
1960-1962 University of Michigan, AB Economics
1972 Oakland University, MA English
1989 Wayne State University Law School, JD
2009-Present Washtenaw Community College Fine Arts
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