Jan Wilson: Painter

Originating from the mid north coast Jan has resided in a variety of towns along eastern NSW. She studied Art at Newcastle Technical Collage and completed a Diploma of Art at Alexander Mackie College Sydney. She currently belongs to Hastings Valley Fine Art Association and Bonny Hills Artists Group.


Tell us about your work?

I have always been drawing! Using lots of different mediums.

Earlier in my life I was a photographer, but in these later years I enjoy painting in oils and with pastels as this medium lends itself to drawing and painting.

How long have you been practicing?

Feels like all my life! Sometimes I had opportunities to focus on work...other times in life I juggled practice with other necessities...as one does.

How would you describe your creative process and where do you get inspiration?

I like to observe and draw inspiration from life around me, whether at home or travelling.

It is great when I connect with that 'heart spark' of recognition, that tells me this is a great composition or the elements are lining up for a good work... and if I don’t get in the way of the process of responding to what I see and feel, I can be pleased to have captured that spark.

But most times it is just making myself relax and start approaching work slowly, observing, fiddling almost till I find a direction through the mess! The value for me is often to enjoy the process, not so much the achievement.

I am inspired by landscape and figurative subjects. I use on-site sketches and some photo references.

I am appreciative of all the years of life drawing that helps ones understanding of figure shapes and movements.

What do you love the most about the Greater Port Macquarie Region?

The natural beauty of the greater Port Macquarie region is inspiring.

Mondays I go plein air with Hastings Valley Fine Arts Association friends and locations are alternated between hinterland and coastal sites around the region...very fortunate for choice!

Where can people find your work? 

Hastings Fine Art Gallery 
2a William Street 
Port Macquarie NSW 2444 

Home Studio (by appointment)

Email: [email protected]


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