"For me, painting is a way to show my feelings, energy and soul to the viewer. Much more than a pastime, it is a visual memory that is interpreted in our minds and made visible through our hands."
Jan has a BA from Michigan State University where she majored in art education. After a 37 year career as a high school art teacher in Oakridge Pubic Schools In Muskegon , Jan retired in 2010 and since that time has focused on her own art, working in oils on canvas.
Jan is also currently a docent at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, an experience she has found enriching for her own artistic expression.
Jan says, "Being a lifelong learner is surely a road to fulfillment...every empty canvas a challenge and a new beginning."