Born and bred in WA, Jan has been interested in wildflowers for many years, and was for several years on the committee of the Eastern Hills Branch of the Wildflower Society of WA, taking on the positions of secretary and president at various times. She is currently a member of the Watercolour Society of WA and the Botanical Art Society of Australia, as well as the Wildflower Society.
Although she was good at drawing biological specimens at PLC and UWA, where she did a science degree in the 1960s, she didn't take up painting until 2008, after retiring from being a science teacher and later a teacher-librarian.
She finds lots of inspiration in the flowers, leaves, gumnuts, etc. in her garden and in the bushland on her property "Rothiemay" in Gidgegannup.
From 2008 to 2015 she has won prizes for her paintings and photography at the Gidgegannup Show, including "Best Art in Show" in 2009, and also won prizes at the 2012 Kalamunda Show and the 2012 Northam Show (she also won Best in Show for both Shows, and the Max Trenorden Trophy at Northam). Her artwork has been entered, on behalf of the Gidgegannup and Kalamunda Agricultural Societies, in the Royal Agricultural Society's Rural Art Award in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2013 she won second prize and two Highly Commended awards for her paintings at the Kalamunda Show.
In 2010 and again in 2012 she won first prize for Photography at the Darlington Arts Festival.
West Australian Christmas Tree
Jan was approached by the Premier's Department in 2010 with a request to use the image of one of her paintings (Nuytsia floribunda) on the Premier's 2010 Christmas cards. She was happy to give her permission for Colin Barnett to use the image, and is acknowledged as the artist on the back of the card. In 2015 the Premier's Department once again asked to use one of her paintings for the Premier's Christmas cards, and Mr Barnett will use Jan's watercolour of Eucalyptus erythrocorys (red-capped gum) for the cards.
In 2015, the Friends of Kings Park (of which she is a member) used an image of her painting of the fruits of Hakea cristata for their bookmarks which advertise their annual plant sales.
Mangles Kangaroo Paw
She is also takes part in portrait-painting and life-drawing sessions.
Hakea cristata (snail hakea) fruits
Cards and prints made from Jan's original artwork are for sale at various local nurseries and cafés in the Perth Hills and the Swan Valley, the Mundaring Weir Gallery and the Mundaring Arts Centre.
Her 8-year-old granddaughter Emma also won several prizes for photography and artwork (all in the 6,7,8 age group) at recent Gidgegannup Shows, and one of her photos won a sash for Best In Show. At the 2015 Gidge Show, she won first prize and a sash for Best in Show for one of her drawings.
Jan recently toured parts of China with the Watercolour Society of WA, of which she is a member. The tour group visited Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain City), near the famously scenic Yellow Mountains, and Jingdezhen, famous for its porcelain, and took part in painting workshops as well as spending some time painting. Back in Perth, she participated in a workshop with Master Wong, using calligraphy brushes ("pens"), rice paper and ink, which she found different and interesting!
In 2015 Jan joined the Mundaring and Hills Open Studios, and had almost 100 visitors over the Open Studios weekend, see the Mundaring Hills Open Studios website.
Eucalyptus erythrocorys - red-capped gum
Nautilus pompilius - nautilus shell
Common or garden - a selection of spring wildflowers
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