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Jan Folan

 I am a self-taught artist and illustrator, who creates torn paper art. I  was born in Huddersfield  West Yorkshire, England.

 Since childhood, I have had an interest in drawing and painting. I could always be found with a pen or a paintbrush in my hand. My dream from an early age was to become an illustrator of children's books.

 Over the years, I have tried many different outlets for my creativity. This includes everything from painting, jewellery making, decoupage, papercutting and book folding.

I began creating torn paper art around three years ago. My first piece was a kingfisher titled 'birdwatcher'. I then went on to create more wildlife pieces. These reflect my love of the natural world and the amazing creatures that you find in it. My aim is to show the majesty and beauty of these precious animals. I personally have great concern about the many species that are endangered and are going extinct.