River Region Artist Jan Hebert is the artist in residence at Barnes & Noble Bookstores in Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, during the month of October. A native of Prairieville, she always had an appreciation of Louisiana culture and wildlife in the swamps. She claims finding inspiration to draw and paint is not hard living in Louisiana, just stop and look around you.


River Region Artist Jan Hebert is the artist in residence at Barnes & Noble Bookstores in Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, during the month of October. A native of Prairieville, she always had an appreciation of Louisiana culture and wildlife in the swamps. She claims finding inspiration to draw and paint is not hard living in Louisiana, just stop and look around you.

The desire to paint was always in the back of Hebert’s mind. In 1992, she signed up with local artists Peggy Miller and Teddy Ruiz. By attending these classes, she learned about other workshops given by other artists. In 200l, she took her first workshop with Ann Warner. This was three days of mind-boggling elation. Hebert claims she came out of the workshop with her mind swimming with the information she just learned but not enough hours in the day to paint. She realized the depth of what there was to learn about color and value. This led her to purchase books to read and study about value and color mixing.

With the desire to continue to learn new techniques and refine her skills, she has taken workshops and studied under numerous well known artists as Morgan Samuel Price, Libby Johnson, Billy Solitario, Pat Weaver, Judi Betts, Krista Roch, Norma Roy, Mary Jane Cox, John O’Neal, Elaine Kiehler, Billie Bougeous, Della Storm, Beverly Dudley, Renee Fletcher, Kathy Daigle, and Kathy Stone.

The reason Hebert took so many classes is “Art, she claims, is so broad and versatile and there is always something to learn from each one.” In each new workshop she learned one or two new things. This in turn helped her come up with new techniques and new ideas to express on canvas.  
The classes also helped Hebert to refine her teaching skills. “I enjoy teaching children and adults. This is my way of giving back to the community and sharing what I have learned,” states Hebert. She teaches ongoing classes for adults on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. at the River Region Art Center in Gonzales. She also teaches in the RRAA Summer Workshops for Children.
“Someone once told me that painting is God’s gift to me and that I must keep nurturing that gift,” added Hebert. “I will always thank her for that word of wisdom.”

Hebert’s Art exhibit may be viewed during store hours at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Perkins Rowe shopping area in Baton Rouge during the month of October.