Jan Wheeler is a Canadian artist whose work explores fluid movement in the landscape. She has always been drawn to the raw wild areas found throughout the country and her work draws on the rhythms and choreography she’s tuned to in the wind, the water, the sky. The artist studied her craft in diverse schools that include Seneca College, Byam Shaw School of Art in London, UK, Lorenzo d’Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy and a calligraphy studio in Sendai, Japan.
Wheeler’s working travels as a young adult took her to Japan, Saudi Arabia, Europe, the UK and across Canada. While working and living in these rich and diverse cultures, Wheeler took every opportunity to learn more about her field. Growing up in Canada provided a full grounding in landscape art, through the Group of Seven and contemporaries. Extensive time in the UK and Europe gave the artist access to schools and great art galleries and museums, driving her need to find her own voice for her work.
The artist finds the locations she works with while hiking, paddling or snowshoeing throughout the many backcountry trips she and her husband take. She then takes her rough work to her studio in the century farm she and her husband call home. The farmhouse provides the quiet environment the artist needs to focus.
Wheeler has exhibited in many cities around the world, including New York, Toronto, Jeddah, Tokyo and Nashville.