Jan lives with her husband, Don, on their farm in the Assiniboine River Valley east of Langenburg, Saskatchewan. She has recently retired from teaching French and Arts Education at Langenburg High School. Jan is a self-taught artist having learned her skill through years of practice and experience. The Prairie landscape has always been an inspiration for Jan. The changing seasons, the grandeur of prairie vistas, and the often subtle colours of the prairies continually challenge her work. Although a landscape artist, she in continually challenging her work by attempting portraiture, mosaic work and mixed-media. She paints in watercolour, oil and acrylic.
Jan is active in the arts community. She is President of the Langenburg Arts Council and chairs the Visual Arts Committee which organizes the Annual Langenburg Adjudicated Art Show and the Annual Art Gala & Auction. Jan has facilitated numerous workshops in the arts. As a strong promoter of local art she is always on the look-out for emerging artists in the community. For the past 19 years, Jan has organized the Annual Shellmouth Summer Art Retreat attended by artists from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
Jan has exhibited her work in Saskatoon (Collector’s Choice and Humanum Galleries), Regina (McIntyre Street Gallery), Winnipeg (Fleet Gallery) and Calgary (Free Spirit Gallery), Eastend (Silver Willow Gallery) and Assiniboia (Shurniak Gallery). Her work can be seen at Layh & Associates Law Offices in both Russell, Manitoba and Langenburg, Saskatchewan. Her work is held in collections across the country.