"My work explores the representation of familiar things and the way in which we perceive the mundane reality around us. I attempt to focus on a collection of domestic objects and, through use of colour and texture, lift them to a deeper level. I try to capture the complex between light, colour, texture and form in items of everyday existence."
Jan grew up in the open countryside on the east coast of England. She trained at Colchester Art School followed by three years working in Verona, Italy, under sculptor, Mike Noble. A visit to Africa in 1985 had a powerful influence on her work.
"I have been inspired by watching animals in their natural habitat, especially in the untouched wilderness which is still to be found in Africa. There the unwary die, so that even when the animals are at rest they are ready to flee. It is the untamed strength and power, always ready to explode into movement, which excites me."
Jan has her own workshop and foundry in Zimbabwe, dividing her time between her cottage at Lake Chivero, and her house in Somerset, England. Her work portrays the animals of the English countryside and the game of the African bush. Horses are a particular love of this accomplished horsewoman who has competed successfully in both eventing and dressage.