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Jan Thomson

Colour In your Life Jan Thomson

Featured artist Jan Thomson appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Thirteen (13). Read a little bit about the artist here and support our site by joining and watching the episode below.

Jan Thomson’s painting journey began late; she first picked up a brush when her children had grown up. Jan began with watercolour and then took up oils. She learnt to paint by going out to Wellington’s (sometimes wild) south coast, wrestling with the elements and trying to put down on paper what was in front of her.

Finding this often frustrating yet sometimes a thrilling journey to embark on, at times Jan would be bitterly disappointed with her efforts, and at other times awed by what she managed to capture. Jan believes that’s what keeps a painter painting; you never know if the next one will have the wow factor!

Jan moved from Wellington to the South Island, which has meant new subjects, new colours and new friends. She has been helped along the way by many generous artists, who’ve shared their knowledge and expertise. This has inspired her to take a  turn to help others to pick up their paintbrushes and have a go.

Jan’s paintings are also available at Culverden Gallery, KiwiArt Gallery in Wellington and Van Helden Gallery in Eastbourne. Jan’s exhibits with the Suter Art Society and Watercolour New Zealand. Jan also holds regular exhibitions and run workshops from her studio ( as well as working on commissions.

You can reach Jan Thomson via her website 

Episode: S13E01

Original Air Date: 22nd April 2016

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