Medium: Watercolours, Acrylics & Oils
“I’m originally from Liverpool but have lived in Portugal since 2012 in an old Portuguese monte which set in several acres of peaceful countryside in the Alentejo, a few kilometres north of Monchique.
In my previous life I was a professional Librarian working in various sectors including schools and, more recently, the N.H. S. I left work when my husband Chris took early retirement and we decided to leave the U.K. and see what Portugal had to offer. We’ve settled in Portugal and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
My preferred subjects are flowers and in particular, peonies and agapanthus, and I’ve painted a few large-scale canvasses featuring these lovely, generous blooms. However, I’m happy to paint any kind of flower and recent subjects have been sunflowers, nasturtiums and roses.
I work mainly in acrylics and watercolours but have recently tried my hand with oils. I began with watercolours simply because I found a local watercolour artist who was willing to give me a few lessons and it seemed like a good place to start. Learning to paint in that medium provided an excellent grounding and helped me learn how to portray the delicacy and transparency of flowers and leaves. Watercolour is a really special medium and I return to it regularly.
Acrylics, on the other hand, enable me to paint on a much larger and bolder scale, which I relish. They offer a degree of depth and power which help convey the vivid colours and textures of the flowers that I paint.
Oils are allowing me to work on my paintings in a more flexible way and I’m really enjoying the effect they provide. My painting journey is constantly evolving and I learn something new from each piece I finish.
My urge is to paint bigger and larger images – I’ve recently completed a door-sized canvas and am very pleased with how my work looks on a larger scale.
Jan had a couple of exhibitions now and her work is currently on display for the second time at Pastelaria Arade in Portimao, Largo 1 de Dezembro 4, in Portimão 8500-538. (4th-21st June & 2nd-7th July 2019).
Click here to visit the venue’s Facebook Page for more information and directions.
Please contact Jan if you are interested in any of the pieces featured on this page, or if you are interested in viewing more of her work. She is also happy to discuss commissions.
Phone: (+351) 283 881 300
You can view more of Jan’s work via her gallery here. Click on any of the images to start the slideshow.