Born and raised in Canada, Jan Lord studied art from the time she was in grade school. During her childhood, she could be seen painting during the summer months in the beautiful parks of Vancouver. Throughout her career, she has studied under a variety of Canadian watercolor and acrylic artists. For the past eight years, she has been working alongside her creative mentor, San Diego artist Ari Kate Ashton.
Jan finds inspiration in the lives and works of other passionate artists, such as Rita Monaco. Monaco, a contemporary artist, excels in bold Tuscany landscapes and colorful pastoral memories of her childhood home of Sicily…as well as a love for cooking spicy Sicilian dishes. With the vibrating tenor of Pavarotti playing the background, Jan Lord can similarly be found in her studio mixing a dab of color as she would a dash of flavor to her favorite dish. Her abstract work is known for its layered color fields and textured surfaces. She enjoys working with oils, acrylics, charcoal, graphite and mixed media on both canvas and wood panels to create a rich harmonious effect.
Since 2005, Jan Lord has been a studio artist at the San Diego Art Institute – North Park and more recently, has been exhibiting as part of the diverse artist collective, Ray Street Artists. In 2013, she was invited to exhibit her work at San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. Her complex paintings continue to earn her recognition with a variety of prizes in juried exhibitions and can been seen in private collections throughout North America. In 2014, she became a founding member of The Studio Door in San Diego.