spent years at The Jockey Club of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. He roamed around doing portraits of horses and owners, celebrities, women wearing diamonds, and outlaws. Even “Mr. T” was there. The Secretary of The Treasury asked for her portrait while holding a cocktail. All in all, Herring’s work can be found in several famous collections including former President of the United States Ronald Reagan, actresses Goldie Hawn and Kim Novak, and beer baron Peter Coors.
Public collections include those of the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museum of Art in San Angelo, TX. The largest public collection in the United States belongs to Hospice of El Paso, a place of personal reverence for the Artist. They received scores of works, both as purchases and gifts for over two decades. The works were dedicated to the tireless employees who help the suffering as they die. Texas A&M University, of College Station, Texas, has several of his drawings and paintings... one of Herring’s daughters, Carolyn, and a few done on the sidelines of A&M football games.
When the boys of Desert Storm came home in victorious song, Herring anchored a permanent exhibit in Fort Bliss, Texas, sponsored by the Department of Defense to welcome them back.
Many exotic cities have been the scene where Herring has created special works and exhibited them in private showings. They include St. Petersburg (Russia), Vienna, Paris, London, Venice, Lima, Taxco (Mexico), Montreal, New York, St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston, and Miami. He travels wherever his passion takes him, including a special assignment to teach the figure at “The New School” of Parson’s School of Design in New York. He has exhibited with the National Watercolor Society, the National Academy of Design, and multiple times with both the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club.
It is said that Herring has sold works to several criminals, a few saints,
and a thousand intrepid hunters of the golden plain.
To those who collect his works, he prays they be inspired by the Almighty.
For three years (starting in 1987), a group of Texas investors sent Herring around the world to paint. First to Mexico, then to Europe, and finally to the American Southwest in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Upon his return each year, Herring exhibited his painting experiments in an exclusive one man venue in Clint, Texas.
Herring is listed in Who’s Who in World Finance, Who’s Who in World Art, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in the Southwest. Herring has sort of spread himself around everywhere for the sake of fun and frolic. His works have been featured in “The Artist’s Magazine,” “The American Artist,” “Southwest Art,” “The Santa Fean,” and was recently showcased in a home featured in the magazine for hot New Santa Fe places: “Su Casa.”
Galleries that have shown his works include the Joan Cawley Galleries of Santa Fe and Scottsdale, the E.S. Lawrence Gallery of Taos, the Iman Gallery of San Angelo, Palmer’s Gallery 800 of Hot Springs, Arkansas, The Perry House Galleries of Old Towne Alexandria, Virginia, Wilder Expressions of Longview, Texas, Studio W of El Paso, Texas, and the Jan Herring Summer Gallery of Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
The Artist is fluent in several mediums and is a signature member of several New York based professional societies, including the Pastel Society of America. He recently was the first ever recipient of the El Paso Art Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is known to be among those who belong to the secret society of the Black Hats, artists who owe allegiance to artistic liberty and the Great Muddy River Valley.