Following a number of years of expatriate life, Jan returned to Canada in 2004. Jan earned a Certificate of Visual Art at Vancouver Island School of Art in 2008.
She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
A number of themes are integral to Jan's art practise. Two color theory courses led to a fascination with color relationships, a theme which is often developed using stripes or grids.
The manipulation of books, both found books and images of books, also features prominently in Jan's art practise and it provides an ongoing source of inspiration for the creation of two dimensional and three dimensional works.
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
Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Member
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
2018 - Instructor, Acrylic Painting Workshop, Opus Art Supplies
2018 - Instructor, Weekly Free Drop-In Art Classes, Esquimalt Neighbourhood House.
2017 - Instructor, Mixing Complementary Colours, Workshops, 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.