Jan has created her own unique path as an artist; incorporating her hands, the loom, and the many colors and textures in her weavings. Each activity feeds her imagination whether it is music, animals or her immediate surroundings. In her contemporary world where rules can be broken, where warps can turn into wefts collecting detritus can stimulate her mind beyond the safety of traditional ways.
Weaving allows a good deal of time for thought, not only on the immediate production of the work on the loom, but also on the wider more fundamental problems involved in the design of the object. Bringing together and making some coherent sense of her thoughts on the design and aesthetic expression embodied in the woven fabric. In her work as a weaver and designer, she gains insight through a mass of experiments, blunders, and muddles. Her work is intended to please the eye and arouse thoughts and emotions; it has no other function, and if this fails she thinks its value vanishes.
Jan grew up in Indiana on a farm. Her senses bring interest in art with her love of nature and her out of door experiences. She is a risk-taking artist creating a surprise element with unconventional materials.