Born and bred in WA, Jan has been interested in wildflowers for many years, and is a long-time member of the Eastern Hills Branch of the Wildflower Society of WA and, more recently, joined the Watercolour Society of WA.
Although she was good at drawing biological specimens while studying for a science degree at UWA in the late 1960s, she didn’t take up painting until 2008, after retiring from a teaching career. She finds lots of inspiration in the native plants on her property in Gidgegannup, but also paints shells, animals and birds; currently she’s working on the skull and leg bones of a wedge-tailed eagle. She also paints portraits, and attends a weekly portrait-painting session in Bassendean.
Over the years she has won a number of prizes at various local shows, including the Gidgegannup Show, the Northam Show and the Kalamunda Show, and has had paintings in the Royal Show’s Rural Art Award five times. In 2010 she was asked by the Premier, Colin Barnett, for permission to use one of her paintings (of Nuytsia floribunda, the WA Christmas tree) on his Christmas cards – she was happy to agree, and was acknowledged on the back of the cards.
In 2012 one of her paintings, of a pair of binoculars which belonged to her great-grandfather, a sea captain, plus shells he collected on his travels, was a finalist in the Mortimore Prize for Realistic Painting.
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