Jan Gardner was born in North Wales and spent much of her early years wandering the lanes and hills around her home. It was here that the light, space and colours that inhabit her work first became an influence. Drawing on these memories and experiences of her later travels in Europe, Morocco and the U.S.A.; she crafts vivid and atmospheric works. Colours that fly in from emoti...on and passion, relaying a deep connection with the varied, differing landscapes from which they evolve.
The life affirming quality of her work is gleaned from her desire to look further, texture, mark-making and layering becomes apparent, a legacy from her time spent at Winchester School of Art. Sustained self-critique means Jan is highly articulate in describing the process and act of making, detailed technique and mark-making and the deeper emotional dimensions of her work.
In 2007, Gardner was awarded an Arts Council of Wales research grant which enabled her to explore the source of her palette and the ancient and contemporary manufacture of pure pigment in Milan, Geneva and New York. In 2012, Gardner was awarded a grant from the Arts council of Wales towards a new body of work for a major touring solo starting from Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Flintshire, north Wales. This major new body of work toured the U.K including venues in Scotland, England, culminating in the tours conclusion in Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey.
Gardner was elected as a member of The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy in 2015. Jan`s work is held in private, public and corporate collections in the U.K, mainland Europe and across the world.