“Ocra Frolic” 24 x 24″ mixed media by Jan Rimerman

“Orca Friends”  24 x 24″ mixed media by Jan Rimerman

Q: What is the inspiration for The Orca Whale Collection?

A: The Orca Whale Collection is inspired by the love of these graceful animals.  Having a studio on Orcas Island for many years brought me up close and personal to these animals.  Watching them in the wild as they danced through the San Juan currents off the state of Washington is truly an experience. 

Observing the beautiful playfulness with each other as they breach, communicate and then disappear into the deep ocean is unforgettable.  There is an important Whale Museum on San Juan Island which gives a comprehensive explanation of the history of the orca pods and scientific information on how they operate as a species. It also brings to the surface the environmental issues that are harming the orca whale’s health and well being.

The Orca Whale painting series has five 24” x 24” paintings that all work together.  They would be impressive exhibited down a large stairway or in an office complex.  The collection reminds me how fabulous yet fragile these mammals are.  Note that the whales in the paintings are not whole.  Little by little these wonderful beings are disappearing.  Their food source of salmon is shrinking, pollution and plastics are invading their environment and whale watching is disrupting their daily lives.  My intent is to bring forth the magic of these creatures while reminding us that we can all do a small part to help protect our fellow beings. JR

Jan Rimerman

Artist/Art Administrator

Visual Art Coordinator & Curator Lakewood Center Gallery

Director/Curator Rain Spark Gallery

Director Rock…Paper…Turtle…Art for Wetlands

Resident artist Fairweather House and Gallery

Photo Courtesy of Seaside Aquarium


Orca Sightings Through the Roof on Oregon Coast by Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff


Recent reports indicate a little Orca spy hopping, which is always spectacular.

The Transient Killer Whale Research Project actually identified the three Orcas in the various footage and photos spotted along the Oregon coast.  According to their lead scientist, Josh McInnes, they were the cataloged whales known as T049A2, T073, and T073D. They are known to be travel in coastal inland waters of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and southeast Alaska.

On May 18, 2021, orcas were reported at the Cove in Seaside, which is a rare sight.

Among the finds:

And, too, just this weekend, those in Gearhart got to watch grays and Orcas. First, a series of spouts from a couple of gray whales, and then there was an Orca surfacing behind them a way back. 

Even spotting gray whales – which are still migrating up the coast – is a patience game, so finding an Orca will be similar. It’s important to note gray whales have no dorsal fin (top fin), but killer whales do.

Q: What do Orcas symbolize?

A: The Orca symbolizes family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. Orcas travel in large family groups, working together to protect all members of their pod.


Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon


Art sale and show

Through June 24


Discover just how fond are artists of a particular color is demonstrated at the exhibition of INTO THE BLUE, with fifteen selected NW artists, 100 new original artworks, art glass, and semi-precious aquamarine gemstones in jewelry.

Acrylic artist Toni Avery

Printmaker Nick Brakel

Abstract painter Diane Copenhaver

En plein air painter Karen Doyle

Watermedia artist Pam Haunschild

Glass artist Bob Heath

Fine art photographer Bob Kroll

Water colorist Lieta Gratteri

Pastel artist Gretha Lindwood

Calligraphy artist JoAnn Pari-Mueller

Mixed media artist Jan Rimerman

Oil painter Lisa Wiser

Semi precious gemstone jeweler Mary Truhler

Introducing poured alcohol painter Gail Pennebaker





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This Orchid Collection is inspired by attending the Garden Island Orchid Society Spring Fantasy Show on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Strolling through the colorful display of orchid plants was like traveling into a fragrant dream full of colors and shapes.  Some of the orchids were as tiny as a thumbnail while others had flowers as large as grapefruit.  I have attempted to recreate the orchid essence.” JR

“Part of the abstract composition is created by using powdered charcoal, light molding paste, and transparent fluid acrylic paint. To create the initial black and white underpainting, organic forms are used as stencils.  In this collection, you may see cedar boughs, sword ferns, or even the outlines of garden rake tines.  After the powdered charcoal is sealed onto the paper as many as 16 to 22 layers of transparent fluid acrylic paint are applied.

“The most difficult part of the process is waiting for each layer to dry between each application of color and/or texture.  This building up of layers gives the impression that there is something more beyond the visible veneer.  The pieces transform and reveal new imagery in the various lights during the progression of the day.  By changing your observation angle you may see shapes and currents that were not viewed previously.” JR

“Grace helps us do more than we can on our own. Nature brings truths that we could never discover without the help of grace.”




Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

April  Exhibition

Through April 25

Features glass artist Rosalyn Andronesch, acrylic artist Toni Avery, oil painter Karen Doyle, en plein artist Bev Drew Kindley, naturalist Dorota Haber-Lehigh, watercolorist Lieta Gratteri, oil painter Emily Schultz McNiel, botanical artist Mike Mason, and emerging artist Vanessa K. Stokes.

Introducing artist Mary Lyn Gough.

Showing new art on display by Bill Baily, Neal Maine, Diana Nadal, abd Jan Rimerman.


“Truly, artists lose themselves in their work revealing the world that exists in the  imagination, transcending grace  through the muse of nature.” FH&G


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“Watching animals on television is extremely different than seeing them in their own habitat. 

Experiencing the fight for life and survival has given me a great respect for the wild animals of the Serengeti in Africa.    

My safari group saw the animals hunting, being hunted and living together in a complicated environment.” Jan Rimerman


Lioness mixed media by Jan Rimerman

The defined muscles and grace of the lioness in the painting doesn’t even hint at the clever maneuvers that she designs to feed her family.     

24″ x 24″ on panel


Watching the powerful discipline of the Lioness in the hunt allowed me to see the determination of survival.  Experiencing the lives of the African animals was not always pleasant or beautiful. 

Witnessing the patient dance of the hunt in the Ngorongoro Crater was both wild, beautiful and horrifying.  Luckily an attentive zebra made the warning call and, although the cubs went hungry, a wildebeest’s life was spared.” JR




Cape Buffalo mixed media by Jan Rimerman

The wild beauty in this painting is exhibited in the wonderful shapes found in the animal’s distinctive physical characteristics.

24″ x 24″ on panel

The Cape Buffalo has an entirely different kind of wild beauty.  This animal’s strength, shape and power is evident in its stare and stance. Although this 1,800lb. animal is a vegetarian, it can ward off lions, leopards, hyenas and African wild dogs.

It is considered one of the top most dangerous animals to encounter.  The cape buffalo exudes power as well as a stubborn personality. The snorts and sounds of this animal’s hooves are a good reminder to stay in the vehicle.  JR


Thomson’s Gazelle mixed media by Jan Rimerman

This painting captures the alert tension that is ever present.

24″ x 24″

The Thomson’s Gazelle has a beauty and grace of a different kind.  They live in herds alongside the zebras and wildebeests. They have many predators so their acute senses of sight, smell and hearing work in their favor.  They are the fastest and nimblest of all antelope and can reach speeds of between 40-60 miles per hour. 


Observing a herd running across the plains is like watching a ballet of well-proportioned muscle moving in synchronized rhythm.  The Thomson’s gazelles are known for their acrobatic leaps which confuse their predators and make them more difficult targets.”  JR




Jan Rimerman studied art at the City University in London, at Willamette University, Portland State University and at the University of Washington. Her work is found in ten books. Her art pieces are all painted on top of an underpainting of powdered charcoal on heavy watercolor paper.  Twenty-two layers of transparent fluid acrylic are applied to create a feeling of three-dimensionality and luminescence.

Jan is the Visual Arts Coordinator of the Lakewood Center, the Art Director of the LO Reads Program, the Director of Rock…Paper…Turtle…Art for Wetlands in partnership with The Wetlands Conservancy & the Director of the Rain Spark Gallery.   Jan’s art is well known for unusual perspectives and narrative.  She uses it for presentations promoting the arts and culture while raising awareness for the World Wildlife Fund and for clean water in Tanzania.





Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway


 WILD BEAUTY exhibition

Through Nov. 24th

Featuring NW artists Leopoldine “LEO” Brew, Agnes Field, Patricia Clark-Finley, Dorota Haber-Leligh, Ron Nicolaides, Neal Maine, Jan Rimerman, and Vanessa K. Stokes.

Welcoming  encaustic artist Claudia Fuenzalida Johns.

The strength of WILD BEAUTY lies in the detailed and multivariate perspectives each artist brings showing us a different viewpoint.

They all use WILD BEAUTY as the theme in their work but they use different techniques and the way they see it is distinctively unique.

“Nature can be beautiful in many ways.  My life consciously includes travel adventures whether in my own backyard or abroad.  The paintings for this exhibit include some of the wild beauty I was privileged to experience up close and personal in Kenya and Tanzania. Learning and understanding the animal hierarchy, the survival skills of each species and the interconnectedness of their lives allows their wild beauty to be even more vivid.” Jan Rimerman


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