Janet (Jan) Nelson was born in Glasgow in 1956 and brought up on the east coast of Scotland. She is a self taught artist who studied for three years through the Open College of the Arts at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh and has been painting for 20 years on a part time basis, earning a living in the world of commerce until she took up painting full time in 2008. She was encouraged by the popularity of her work which sold quickly whenever she exhibited and by the prompting of her old school art teacher who was also a professional artist.
Jan now lives and paints from her studio in Tignabruaich.
Apart from painting, Jan’s other great love is the sea and she is a keen sailor. This interest is obvious from her painting, which truly captures the tremendous movement, thrills and glorious colours of sailing both in a scenic and racing sense.
Although the majority of Jan’s work relates to the sea, she is also an accomplished landscape painter where her passion for flowers and gardens comes to the fore. She concentrates on acrylics but paints well in watercolour and oils depending on the subject matter. Her versatility means she can switch easily from detailed sea and sailing pieces to abstracts and change medium to suit.
Jan concentrates her work within a few select UK galleries and has a number in private collections in America, Canada, Australia, and Ireland and has worked to commission both privately and for organisations.