JANICE E. KIRK is a published author and illustrator, teacher and musician. She writes and illustrates books on nature, the arts, inspirational and related topics. Janice is an accomplished artist, preferring pencil, pen & ink, and watercolor. She holds a B.Mus. from U. of Oregon (Eugene) and a M.Mus. in Voice from U. of Colorado (Boulder). She taught music, art and language arts in the public schools (Oregon, California). She served as Art Coordinator and project writer for the Language, Art & Music Project in Shasta Co. Schools (1974-77). She recently retired as Adjunct Voice Instructor at Simpson U. (Redding, California). Formerly she held the position of Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church (Redding). Retirement has provided the time and opportunity to write about her many interests and her Christian faith. Jan is currently a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Winona, Minnesota.
With their two children Jan and Don have traveled, camped, sketched and photographed the American West. Several summers they were on staff at Holden Village (ELCA) on Lake Chelan, WA. Don was Village Naturalist; Jan taught watercolor classes.
Over the years Don and Jan have developed a distinctive and comprehensive viewpoint of the marvelous natural world. This perspective flows from Don’s biology/naturalist field training and photography. Don’s studies of Plant Communities contributed to this understanding, as well as Jan’s study of form and design through sketching and painting. The beauty and complexity of God’s creation is a constant source of inspiration and enjoyment. They wish to share their love of God’s creation through their writing and illustrating. They edited and published the Christian Naturalist Newsletter from 1984-86.
The Road to Beaver Park, Painting, Perception, and Pilgrimage, by Janice E. Kirk (Wipf and Stock Publishers: 2016). Illustrated with line drawings. On a year-long campout to the American Southwest the author/artist learns to paint and learns to see, a radical activity that changes her life.
The Christmas Redwood, A Forest Parable, written and illustrated by Janice E. Kirk (Wipf and Stock Publishers: 2016). Illustrated with line drawings, this is an Advent story of watching and waiting in the redwood forest.
Cherish the Earth: the Environment and Scripture, by Janice E. Kirk and Donald R. Kirk (Wipf and Stock Publishers: 2016), illustrated by Janice, cover photo by Don. Is Earth Stewardship biblical? Yes, and here is the Scriptural backup.
Egypt, a Handbook by K. Hansen (Moon Pub: 1990) Janice contributed drawings. Tour guide for travelers.
Wild Edible Plants of Western North America, by Donald R. Kirk (Naturegraph: 1970), illustrated by Janice E. Kirk with 300 pen and ink botanical drawings. Ready reference to take along on a hike.
Eat ‘Em Wild, by D.R. Kirk (Down River Magazine, 1956-76), 39 articles, featured column, illustrated by Janice E. Kirk with pen and ink botanical sketches.
The Way of Shalom, by Janice E. Kirk (Light & Life Magazine: May/June 2004), Our ‘Shalom’ camp shows the harmony of relationships in a God ordered world. Front cover, lead article b/w illustrations by Jan, back cover color photo by Don.
Creation, by Alister McGrath, Book Review by Janice E. Kirk (Prism Magazine, Sept/Oct 2005, ESA)
The Year of the Angel, by Janice E. Kirk (Teachers of Vision, Fall 2008) Childhood memories of a special teacher who opened the door to art and nature.
Complete this work which I began in hope
and with Your name,
So that my singing may become healing,
Curing the wounds of body and soul.
If my humble work is finished
With your holy blessing,
May the divine spirit in it
Join with my meager inspiration.
Do not extinguish
The revelation You have granted,
Do not abandon my reason,
But, again and again, receive praise
From your servant.
Gregory of Narek, 10th century Armenian Poet