Little Rock, Arkansas, is the home of sculptor Jan Woods. She grew up riding and showing hunters. After studying art at the University of Oklahoma, she settled on her family's 50 acres along with her husband and two children, Chance and Casey. After their advertising agency was established, she returned to showing horses and began a sculpture career. Since horses were central to her life (and her daughter's), it was only natural that they would be the focus of her art.
Since 1985 Jan has been on the board of the American Academy of Equine Art, a prestigious organization dedicated to perpetuating the tradition of fine sporting art. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and the National Arts Club. She has been selected to show in many exhibitions across the country including the National Sculpture Society, the American Artists' Professional League and the Society of Animal Artists. Jan is involved with the Equine Advocates yearly charity function for which she produced a sculpture called 'Safe Home' to be presented to a person selected each year for his or her contribution to the equine rescue effort across the country.
Miss Woods was chosen by the National Grand Prix League to produce awards such as the Rolex Horse of the Year and for the most prestigious riders in the nation, including members of the United States Equestrian Team. Other commissions include two monumental relief sculptures for Oaklawn Jockey Club and the trophies for the biggest stakes races there such as the Arkansas Derby. She also produced a sculpture portrait of C.B. Macdonald, the man credited with introducing golf to America, for the St. Louis Country Club.
In 1994, Jan was commissioned by the city of Little Rock to execute a life-sized bust of President William Jefferson Clinton to be installed in front of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion where the President resided for 12 years. Soon after, the Smithsonian Institution requested a copy of the bust to be placed in the President's wing of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The President also purchased several sculptures over the years to be given as Gifts of State to visiting dignitaries.
Recent commissions include: Eclipse Award Winning horse Northern Spur and jockey Chris McCarron; The Broyles Award: Assistant Coach of the Year, nationwide; Paige Johnson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Johnson, owners of Black Entertainment Television; Eclipse Award winning Harlan's Holiday with Edgar Prado up; and Ashado, two-time Eclipse Award winning filly with a record setting price paid for a broodmare prospect of $9,000,000.
Each piece is sculpted with great attention to detail and accuracy of conformation. It is then cast in bronze using the ancient lost-wax method in Loveland, Colorado, by expert craftsmen. Each sculpture is produced in a limited edition.