Jan's mentor and friend Robert Bateman has written the "Forward" to Jan's book! This is extremely exciting to Jan as she credits Bateman for the success of her career - and how finding out about him - and then attending her first workshop at the age of 27 with him - changed her life.

She went to many, many workshops over the years. Bateman use to call her his favorite "stalker". Now he calls her "one of his best success stories".

Here is a portion of the FORWARD:
“There are a lot of painters out there but only a tiny percent of those that I would call a true artist. Jan Martin McGuire is one of the few. She is truly an artist for two reasons. The obvious one is that she has the necessary skills and talents, but the most important reason is that she paints that which is important in her life. Too much so-called art is a bunch of interior decorating. Jan’s work comes from her heart. A big piece of her heart belongs in Africa. I could say this about myself, having been there over a dozen times. But Jan’s work leaves me in awe. Many of her African paintings are truly stunning in their drama." ~ Robert Bateman

Photo of Jan and Bob at her first workshop with him

Jan and Bob at the Society of Animal Artists ART AND THE ANIMAL, August 2015

Craig Sholley is the first person to convince Jan to go to Africa. He is a VP at Africa Wildlife Foundation. Here is a bit from him:

"During this first of many subsequent conversations, I recall cautioning Jan that Africa is like no other place in the world – it’s a continent that transforms you. It’s delightfully infectious, but you’ve got to be prepared and recognize that Africa’s magic - its wildlife, peoples, and vast wilderness – can become a dominating part of your life." ~ Craig Sholley

Craig at Jan's one person show on 5th Ave in New York City at the (then) FORBES CORPORATE GALLERIES. The show was all African work with a percentage going to AWF. The show was mostly sold out in 2 hours making AWF $10,000.

On Jan's first trip to Africa, Craig just happened to be going Kenya as well. He was on Jan's flight from Amsterdam to the Nairobi airport. Here they are visiting in the Amsterdam airport - Craig with many trips under his belt - Jan with the sparkle in her eye in anticipation.

"In Journey, Jan shares an intimacy in word and image that allows us insight into the natural world, as well as the view from behind the artist's lens. It takes amazing talent to capture visions of nature, and here we are privileged to join her not just as viewers of art but as witnesses to an encounter with the wild.


Follow along with acclaimed wildlife artist Jan Martin McGuire as she reminisces about her travels to Africa, sharing what led her to her first trip and what drives her to continue to return. Jan writes of the joys, adventures and even some misadventures from her many African safaris, illustrating the tales with sketches, field paintings and photos from the veld.

The book continues with Jan sharing her process for creating a major painting -"AT THE WATERHOLE." The book will put you in Jan's studio as she paints one of her majestic pieces. Through photos she will show you her thought process and how she depicts her painting's subjects so realistically, while also giving you insights into her methods from the first stage to the last.

Jan Martin McGuire

is considered by many to be the preeminent female wildlife painter in the world. She and her husband, James Gary Hines II, have been traveling to Africa over the past two decades. During these travels she has kept a sketchbook and journal, sometimes even painting 'en plein air' (in the field.) From these collections and images she puts together an experience that artists and collectors alike will enjoy.


Jan painting 'en plein air' (in the field) in Tanzania

Customers may order from Amazon.com.

Click above image to view a YouTube video of Jane reading one of the stories from "JOURNEY"





LINK TO JAMES GARY HINES - Nature Photographer