Jan joined the Metropolitan police force hoping to one day become a dog handler and fell into drawing when he offered to sketch a suspect from a witness at the scene of an armed robbery – the likeness of the result leaving the investigating sergeant gobsmacked. Jan lives in Northumberland with his wife and has only been painting for a few years. He enjoys working in acrylics as well as other mediums and, now retired, spends most of the day painting in his art studio, a converted garage. Thanks to his police artist training, he works quickly – which could be helpful for the quick draw challenge element of the competition. Jan’s dream is to continue teaching drawing classes for local people who have shown an interest in art. Having reaffirmed his love for painting in recent years, Jan firmly believes you don’t need a degree to be an artist, only self-taught talent and a bit of determination.
What first inspired you to get into painting?
What piece of your own artwork are you most proud of?
Have you had any artistic disasters? Were you able to learn anything from that?
What was it like being critiqued by Lachlan and Daphne – what did you learn most from their weekly feedback?
Which artist(s) has inspired you the most?
What is your favourite thing to paint or draw?