Working as an artist is not always confined to the studio, I am a sculptor who draws and paints with an interest how the two inform each other. Wood and metal are materials that keep me wondering how one compliments the other.
The work encompasses issues of social justice as well as political commentary in so much as an obligation to "keeping the bastards honest" The latest works are an effort to use recycled timber and question the use of what some may consider waste or discard materials giving them new life and meaning. The skill level required to using substandard materials becomes a juggle as this challenges the process of construction. This material is metephorical for the fragility of the dispossessed.
I have been painting and drawing animals for many years, enjoying a successful career in the UK. Moving to Australia quite a few year ago offered new opportunities and challenges, taking part in workshops, exhibitions and classes to learn new techniques and media, and make friends. In recent years I have really enjoyed improving my skills with coloured pencils, I find they are really suited to fur, eyes and noses! I now undertake regular commissions, work with a local artisan food producer on illustrations of animals and food, and enter a few art exhibitions and events when I have work available.
I love texture, colour and the endless possibilities of art…..
I have been painting, drawing, creating for as long as I can remember and love to pass along the knowledge that I have gained. The process of creating is being able to connect with something greater than yourself, feeling comfortable in taking risks and seeing where your muse takes you. Art classes are a wonderful way of extending your creative pathways. After leaving school I studied commercial art, this has proved invaluable for my own teaching purposes. All of us have an inner artist and it’s learning how to connect to that inner artist that allows you to feel free to take risks and believe in yourself.
Jan was born in New Zealand and is of the Ngai Tahu family in NZ. Her art practice has developed since she moved to Brisbane and then to the Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Over the recent years she has taken many opportunities to study and exhibit.
IE. The Brisbane Institute of Art (Certificate and Diploma of Fine Art).
The Queensland University of Technology (MFA)
Studies at the Salisbury Atelier, Brisbane
A ten week immersion at the New York Academy of Art, NY
and recently a residency at FOURWINDS,Aurielle France.
These experiences have all contributed to the progression and variation within her work.
Jan now lives in the Hinterland Noosa and works from her home Studio. Over the past two years she was commissioned as part of ART X3 as the official artists for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival (now Noosa Alive) In this undertaking she became known for her environmental installations“ The Dress’s.
On review, her paintings, drawing, and environmental installations continually revolve around the human form and its relationships, the environment and the concerns of modernity.
I am a mostly self-taught visual artist living and working on acreage in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland area of Montville, Australia.
Like smiling at people with kindness; art can transform a day for a nanosecond. In hope of this transformation, I paint stories and fleeting snapshots from life experience in ways that ring true to me. The results may be abstract or representational. I delight in spare compositions and minimal colours to mix each work from.
I have always loved art, creating portraits in charcoal since forever.
In recent years I have broadened subject content to include seascapes, pet portraits and florals as well as figurative work.
My medium of choice is oils, but I at times I also paint in acrylics.
I now live on the magical Sunshine Coast and love travelling, both of which provide me with sources of inspiration.
My arts practice is changing and evolving with new environmental directions and passions. I find myself comfortable expressing these through different mediums, varying from an eco dye pot, brush to an etching press, or speaking out through my community filmmaking. So much to say and so much to learn, I feel I will be creating to my last breath.
My newest venture is along the Healing Arts path. Reversible wearable art coats and clothing infused with Australian Bush Essence for healing. Life is never dull on the creative path.
I am a potter & clay artist enjoying all facets of clay work. I have a small studio 1km north of Montville Village.
I welcome visitors by appointment to my studio or on my weekend open days. I love answering questions about how my pieces have been made.
Recently I have been making bespoke dinner sets for some of my clients which is a new avenue for me. Would you like something made especially for you?