Art has opened many doors of opportunity, travel, cultural exchange and friendship for Jan and her sculptor husband Geo who both live and work at Moongate Studios, their ownerbuilt mudbrick home, studios and gallery on the beautiful Victorian surfcoast. Self-taught, Jan has achieved Signatory status at the Victorian Artists Society Melbourne, an Honorary Arts Degree from the Accademia Delle Belle Arti di Cuneo Italy and enjoyed 12+ years as Founding Secretary for Geelong Sculptors Inc.
Awarded, commissioned and collected world-wide, Jan has held over 50 solo exhibitions on 4 continents. Colour, design and narrative are key elements of her arts practice expressed largely through oil on canvas and pen on paper. Book illustration projects with a family bard and corporate and public sculptural design/management collaboration with Geo have broadened her arts practice.
Much applauded internationally for art excellence and cultural exchange initiatives, Jan’s Gold Medal success in Expo Milano Italy 2015 and subsequent invited exhibitions in Yeosu South Korea and Suzhou China 2016 have greatly enriched her creative and personal life. A 20 year cultural collaboration with Qualitaly Cultural Association Turin Italy was celebrated when she and husband Geo received a Medaglia Mauriziana for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts presented at the Ars Incognita cultural extravaganza held in the prestigious Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi Nichelino Italy in 2017.Moongate Studios held its Retrospective Exhibition SEMPRE SEMPRE in 2018 after 4 decades in the Arts, inspiring Jan and Geo currently to write their autobiographical epic. Commissions are welcome.