Like most artists, I have a day job. Fortunately, my day job makes me a better, more practiced painter. That’s because I’m an artist in my day job as well as in the studio.

  •           In my day job I work as a public artist and an architectural artwork restorer/replicator. For public art projects, I make large scale, realistic, figurative, trompe l’oeil paintings on the facades of buildings, highway underpasses, school walls, and pedestrian bridges. In my work as an architectural art restorer or replicator, I repair or replace paintings on walls, ceilings, canvas and even a 250 year old Chinese house. In my day job, I think about budgets, work schedules, hiring and training artists, supply inventory or where I put the keys for the boom lift.
  •             In the studio I make abstract trompe l’oeil paintings. I live in a remote wilderness area of the Adirondack Park in upstate New York amid mountains rich with tall pines and dark lakes that reflect and interpret the skies and heavens above. For the past two decades my abstract trompe l'oeil paintings have shown what I think of as Earth's personal holiday snapshots as it travels through space at compelling moments.

            BIO:  Jan-Marie Spanard graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree, a Master of Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Higher/Postsecondary Education at Syracuse University. She has held teaching and academic positions at public and privates colleges and universities in northeastern United States. As an individual painter of both figurative trompe l'oeil and abstract trompe l'oeil works, she has won national and international awards and competitions and is pleased to have her works included in public and private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy

            AlbanyMural: Since 1999, Jan-Marie has served as the principal artist of the AlbanyMural Ltd., an organization of formally trained artists based in the capital region of New York State, who design and produce large scale public art works as well as restore or replicate architectural artworks. For a portfolio of recent projects, please go to . As Principal Artist of AlbanyMural, Jan-Marie has

  • designed and created striking public art paintings, including "Hudson River Way Paintings," a series of 30 trompe l'oeil still life paintings executed in Keim potassium silicates which won the Americans for the Arts Public Art Award for outstanding public art works in 2003,
  • executed architectural painting restoration projects for the Assembly Chamber of the New York State Capitol Building, various buildings of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and others,
  • created highly realistic murals and architectural trompe l'oeils for organizations and individuals throughout the northeast,
  • and led numerous visual arts educational programs for public and private school students.