Jan S. Gephardt’s website offers a variety of information about both Jan and Artdog Studio.

Read more about Jan S. Gephardt and her background on her bio page. Jan and sister G. S. Norwood operate Weird Sisters Publishing LLC . Read more about their small press and see the latest features on The Weird Blog on the company’s website.

Jan S. Gephardt’s XK9 Books

Jan's three XK9 books.
Read more about Jan S. Gephardt’s science fiction “XK9” series.

Take a look at Jan’s science fiction books here. There’s a growing list of her stories about the super-smart police dogs called XK9s who live with their humans on Rana Habitat Space Station. They not only solve crimes and sniff out bad guys. They access the station-net to file their own reports and talk through their collar-mounted vocalizers to make a case that the humans should consider them uplifted sapient beings.

Special Content in Jan’s Monthly Newsletter!

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Artdog Studio Paper Sculpture

The gallery below features some of Jan’s nationally-exhibited paper sculpture. Juried into national shows and the subject of multiple one-person shows, Jan’s artwork has traveled from coast to coast and into Canada. She creates both one-of-a-kind original mixed-media paper sculptures and individually crafted limited editions of multiple originals. Jan S. Gephardt’s paper sculpture is featured in her Paper Sculpture Gallery.

This is a montage of some of my recent paper sculpture. The artworks are: Top Row, L-R: “Common Cliff Dragon – Male,” “Gemflower Outburst,” and “Love in the Storm.” On the next row, L-R: “Overcoming Complications,”  pair from the “Guardians” series in yellow top mats, “Protector” and “Defender;” and “White Clematis with Dragons.” The lower pair of “Guardians,” in green top mats, are “Fierce” and “Brave.” All artwork is © by Jan S. Gephardt.
A sampler of my paper sculpture. All artwork © Jan S. Gephardt.

The “Artdog Adventures” Blog

Check out these quick links to the most recent posts on her Artdog Adventures blog. See the side menu for other features of Jan S. Gephardt’s website.

  • A Mixed Bag in April
    I had a mixed bag in April, when it comes to posts on The Weird Blog . . . and also when it comes to just about everything else, too. My ongoing book review work continues. However, I prefer to blog about books and share their reviews in themed groups of three to five. I… Read more: A Mixed Bag in April
  • More Book Reviews
    I promised to return with more book reviews in March. With my time as crunched as it has been lately, I’ve started creating a monthly review of the posts I ran on The Weird Blog of Weird Sisters Publishing. Yes, it’s an aggregation and not completely original, but I hope you’ll enjoy my “digest” posts… Read more: More Book Reviews
  • My New Year Dragon Project
    In February I devoted two blog posts and 16 different social media posts to a “New Year Dragon Project” display of dragon-themed artwork. When I discovered that this Chinese New Year’s animal was the Dragon, I immediately thought about all the amazing artists I know, who paint or sculpt – and indeed, specialize – in… Read more: My New Year Dragon Project
  • Recent Posts on The Weird Blog
    The realities of SEO searchability have forced a change in how I’ve handled recent posts on The Weird Blog and here on Artdog Adventures. Unfortunately, Artdog got the shorter, messier end of that stick. This blog, however, has been my “home blog” for a long time. I want to keep it current for the moments… Read more: Recent Posts on The Weird Blog
  • Kwanzaa Begins with Unity
    Kwanzaa begins with Unity. Is there any value that should resonate more with all of us? Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of African American strengths and values. I’m not Black, so I can’t presume to speak for Black people (other than as an ally against racism). But no American of… Read more: Kwanzaa Begins with Unity


Jan S. Gephardt’s website especially thanks Jody A. Lee, who created the cover paintings for her science fiction novels, What’s Bred in the Bone and A Bone to Pick. Many thanks also to Lucy A. Synk, for the The Other Side of Fear cover artwork and the painting of XK9 Shady in a play bow.

Jan is also grateful to Colette Waters, who t