Jan is one of Australia’s leading portrait artist and mother of nine children. She is a self-taught artist, fascinated by people and children immersed in their own world. Her portraits have been selected as finalists in the Archibald Prize five times and won the Packing Room Prize for two consecutive years. Painting primarily in oils on canvas, Jan’s figurative work captures her subjects distinct spirit within their momentary environment.

Jan loves and respects Australia’s diverse culture and landscape. She is particularly inspired by our First Nations people and has painted with Senior Indigenous Artist’s at Utopia, in the Northern Territory. “To capture this and to share with others, is a gift I treasure.” A selection of these works hung in major exhibitions locally and overseas, and were awarded finalists in the Archibald Prize, Portia Geach and the Moran Art Prize.

Exhibitions & Awards

The Archibald Prize
2000 Finalist – Sporting Portrait Prize
2002 Winner – Packers Prize
2002 Finalist – Portrait Prize 
2002 The People’s Choice Award
2003 Winner – Packers Prize
2003 Finalist – Portrait Prize
2006 Finalist – Portrait Prize
2009 Finalist – Portrait Prize

Salon de Refuse
2005 Finalist
2008 Finalist

Portia Geach
2007 Finalist
2009 Finalist

Moran Art Prize
2011 Finalist

Shirley Hannan
2004 Finalist

People & Subjects

Rachel Ward Actor / Writer
David Williamson Australia’s Leading Playwright
Jenny Morris Singer / Songwriter
Nancy Kunoth Petyarr Senior Indigenous Artist, Utopia, NT
Tom Carroll X2 World Surfing Champion
Andrew Farris INXS, Musician / Songwriter
Wayne Bennett OAM, Australian Rugby League Coach
Shane Nicholson Singer / Songwriter
Emeritus Professor Patrick de Burgh OAM
Anne Geddes Iconic Children’s Photographer
Collette Dinnigan Fashion Designer
Matthew Burke Australian Rugby Union Player
Sue McPherson Artist and Teacher


Jan paints and works from her home studio on the Sunshine Coast, where life is simple. Surrounded by family and friends, she is inspired by the moving colours and many subjects immersed in the charming coastal habitat. “These day’s life is simple. I paint, I swim, I walk and I eat”. 

For all enquires, including new projects and commissions, please get in touch.

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