Jan Henry




Following a number of years of expatriate life, Jan returned to Canada, to Victoria, in 2004. Jan earned a Certificate of Visual Art at Vancouver Island School of Art in 2008.

As well as her personal art-making practice, Jan also teaches art classes and workshops. 



Artist Statement


Two colour theory courses  at Vancouver Island School of Art inspired an ongoing fascination with colour, an exploration that is often inspired by colour combinations found in the garden.




Several artists have been influential, among them Sean Scully, who admonishes artists "to obsess" in order to fully explore the possibilities of painting.

This invitation to obsess is a notion which is fully embraced.






2018 Diploma French Language Program, University of Victoria

2008 Certificate of Visual Arts, Vancouver Island School of Art

1997 TESOL Teaching Certificate, Aston University, Birmingham

1986 Bachelor of Arts, University of Calgary



Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Art Rental and Sales


Selected Exhibitions


2020 Boxcarcollective - Postcards from the Pandemic

2020 Chapel Gallery -Pilgrimage

2019 Federation of Candian Artists - Abstract Exhibition

2018 Federation of Canadian Artists - Abstract Exhibition, First Place

2017 Federation of Canadian Artists -Abstract Exhibition, Third Place

2016 Federation of Canadian Artists -  Abstract Exhibition, Honourable Mention

2016 Martin Batchelor Gallery - Legislated Colour

2016 Van Dusen Botanical Garden - Flora, solo exhibition

2015  Federation of Canadian Artists - Autumn Salon

2015  Burnaby Arts Council - The Reflection of All Colours

2015  The Slide Room Gallery - In Cahoots

2015 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Re-ify

2014 Massey Gallery - Black and White Essentials

2014 CACGV, -ReMixing Imagination

2014 Red Art Gallery -group exhibition

2014 Fibreworks 2014 - Biennial Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Fibre Art,  IDEA/EXCHANGE, Cambridge ON.

2013 Metchosin Art Gallery - Massively Mini

2013 SOPA Fine Art - U8

2013 Red Art Gallery - Ab Fab

2012 Vancouver Arts Umbrella - SPLASH 2012

2012 Red Art Gallery - The Mystery Show

2012 Sooke Fine Art Show

2011 The Gallery at Mattick's - Small Works

2011 Coast Collective Gallery - Salon des Refuses

2011 Deluge Contemporary Gallery

2011 Crystal Pool Mural Project

2010 Sidney Fine Arts Show - winner, juror's choice award

2008 AGGV Moss Street Paint-In

2008 The Slide Room Gallery, Anatomy of Greys



Other Projects 


2018-2021 Instructor, Weekly Free Drop-In Art Classes, Esquimalt Neighbourhood House.


2018 - Instructor, Acrylic Painting Workshop, Opus Art Supplies.


2017 - Instructor, Acrylic Painting Classes, Marrion Village Baptist Housing.


2015 - City of Victoria Youth Council Art Mentorship Program


2012 -  "Field of Hope." A painting  created with the Island Breaststrokers dragon boat team to raise funds for the team's journey to Israel.


2010 - "Still Bloomin'". A collaborative painting which was created with breast cancer survivors from the Island Breaststrokers dragon boat team. The painting was donated to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation and auctioned at the Victoria Dragonboat Festival.