about jan


Jan Taylor first learned about artistic practice and technique from her mother, who painted both oils and china. Thanks in part to her inspiration, Jan began painting in childhood. Jan’s family lived in the DC area, then, during her teenage years moved to Europe—Paris, London, and Frankfurt—giving her an opportunity to experience the life, art and landscape of several European countries. Returning to America, she gravitated toward the vibrant cosmopolitan mix of George Washington University, where she earned her B.A. degree in American thought and civilization.

Jan, her husband, and their four children lived on a horse farm in Easton, Maryland (on the Wye River, near the Chesapeake Bay). While her painting took a back seat to family and farm commitments during these years, her closeness to nature continued to deepen Jan’s artistic vision.

Jan’s formal study of painting began in her late twenties, when she worked with Richard Leahy, a former director of the Art Students League and friend to many in the Ashcan School. Since that time, she has studied with a variety of teachers including William “Skip” Lawrence, William Schultz, Morgan Samuel Price, and Marlene Putnam, as well as Charles Gruppé, and JoAnn Williams Walker. In addition, she was active in the Academy of Arts in Easton, Maryland and is a former Chairman of that organization. Her work on the administrative side of the art world intensified her desire to focus on her own painting, which became a primary pursuit when Jan and her husband bought a house in Florida.

Jan and her husband now split their time between Charlotte, N.C. and Vero Beach, Florida. In the latter city, Jan is one of the founding artist partners of Gallery 14. Jan’s work is frequently exhibited in both juried and invitational shows along the Eastern seaboard, and her paintings are held in private collections across the country.