Tarjan Is My Palette Name
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If some of you have ever wondered about my name 'Tarjan' which is the name I sign all my artwork with, it is not my maiden name. It is a psuedonym - a 'pallette name' as I lke to call it. I created this name many years ago after I divorced my first husband. Prior to that point I had signed my work J Friebus - my maiden name, and J Lopez my former married name. I was left with the choice of signing my work Friebus again, but wondered how many times I might get married and, thus, change my name, so I decided to have a pallete name I would use no matter how many times my legal name changed. I choose Tarjan because 'Jan' was my nickname and 'Tar' was an abbreviated version of Taurus my birth sign. At the time of chosing this name I had no idea that Tarjan is a traditional Hungarian name. Erl my husband's name is also a Hungarian name - so, by luck, I chose a name that paired well with my husband's name. For those of you who wondered if I had any relationship to Tarjan the famous mathematician, or Tarjan the famous naval architect, sadly the answer is no.