Jan Gosnell is a commercial artist and editorial cartoonist who is originally
from Shreveport, Louisiana. Educated at the University of Texas and at the
University of Arkansas, Gosnell has earned a bachelor's and master's degree
in art. Over the years, he has acquired a wide background of experience in a
variety of graphic techniques. Gosnell is best known for his political cartoons,
which appeared regularly in The Baxter Bulletin, Mountain Home, Arkansas;
The Star Progress, Berryville, Arkansas; and other local newspapers
between 1972 and 1984.
Gosnell has also enjoyed sharing his skills with others. He spent one year
teaching at the University of Mississippi at Oxford, and in 1972 he opened The
Gallery in Mountain Home, Arkansas. At his gallery he offered instruction in
drawing, painting, and modern art history. Gosnell has participated in a number
of exhibitions where he entered his other works of art, which include oil
paintings, watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings, and photographs.
Gosnell is the recipient of several awards for best editorial cartoons. His
writing career took off in 1983 when he wrote The Blue and the Gray, a
motion picture about the Civil War. Gosnell is also the author of Shape
Makes the Man, in which he uses funny, and often
outrageous, drawings to illustrate the possible effects of external physique on
internal needs, personality, and behavior.