Jan-Michelle Sawyer is a Hawaii Sculptor and California sculptor who creates portrait sculpture, traditional "Art in Public Places", and commemorative portraits in bronze. Traditional portraiture can be a way to honor someone’s life in a public or business setting. A commemorative sculpture captures a person's character and life. A person's character and life is distilled into a sculpture.
“Grass Roots Sculpture” is a method pertaining to public art sculpture that Jan-Michelle has perfected when people have expressed a desire to have commemorative portraits created for their community. A successful strategic plan is necessary to bring public art to a community. Portrait sculpture is affordable. Jan-Michelle works from photos of the individual and live sittings. Legacy sculpture has been a universal way of celebrating the individual.
To achieve a likeness of the individual, Jan-Michelle studies the subject’s bone, muscle structure, and individual features. Her portrait sculptures are based on intensive observations of the subject. Jan-Michelle endeavors to capture the subject’s personality, individual mannerisms, expressions and their style of dress.
Jan-Michelle believes that clear and open communication is the foundation for a successful working relationship between herself and the client. Every care is made to work collaboratively with the client to make sure that a three-dimensional portrait meets their desires and that expectation are realistically met.