Creative Furnishings by Jean in downtown Van Buren now is offering original paintings by Jason Sacran, who has had several exhibitions and been awarded many times for his works and achievements.

Jean Allison first became acquainted with Sacran through his work with the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren where he has shown his work, conducted workshops and participated in CAE’s annual fundraiser, the 5x5 Gala.

"I have seven pieces of Jason’s work in my home," Allison said.

Sacran, who lives in Mount Magazine, has a bachelor’s degree in painting from Tennessee Tech University and credits towards a master’s from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. In 2010, he became a full-time artist/painter and part time instructor for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

He is an Arkansas state ambassador for the Portrait Society of America. His achievements include a first-place award in the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 members competition, best of show in the 2010 Wisconsin Plein Air Painter Association annual competition and best of show in the 2010 Winthrop Rockefeller Institution Invitational.

Although known for his figurative and portrait work, Allison said Sacran is quickly rising as a top plein air painter, and considers plein air one of, if not, his favorite subject.

"In general my work is about the process of creating by painting subjects that invoke a mood or feeling introspectively," Sacran said. "I am interested in documenting things today, mostly with overlooked or even forgotten aspects of everyday life - scenes we pass by every day, objects we often use, people we know well, but hardly every thing twice about. In the chaos of daily life, I believe we all take the simple and familiar things for granted. Sometimes they are the very things we come to miss."

Creative Furnishings by Jean, 504 Main St., offers French country and rough luxe designs, vintage furniture that has been recycled and made new for use, home furniture and accessories.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.