Telephone: 01373 830941      Email: jan@jannesbittartwork.com

About Jan Nesbitt

 

Jan finds enchantment, wonder , and a poetic truth in images that she sees in the countryside around her ...........and it is these that she seeks to express in vibrant watercolour and line.

Having gained a BA Hons in Fine Art and Design at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Jan has painted continuously , including working as an illustrator for most of the main British book publishers for 20 years.

She has been commissioned by at least 30 different British Book Publishers

Now enthusiastically working as a Fine Artist, this is the work you see here.

All of the paintings are for sale unless marked. To order please Contact Jan, and she will usually deal with your requests personally.
All images are painted on Arches Watercolour Paper.
Shaped pictures include a liner to remove them from the glass.

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Curriculum Vitae
April/May 2016 Exhibited as part of Cloth Road Arts Trail, in Rode Somerset. Currently developing new work , and looking for appropriate new galleries in which to exhibit
March 2016 Work included in Corsham 52 exhibition in 44AD Gallery Bath , part of the proceeds from which were donated to current Bath Spa University Arts students , ( to say a little thank you for our time at Corsham ! )
Dec 2015 and ongoing - work in Imagianation Gallery Bath, and Imagianation Gallery St. Ives, Bluestone Gallery, Devizes Wilts, and in Glastonbury Galleries, Glastonbury Somerset
Oct 2015 Work exhibited as part of The Peacock Art Trail in the Barn Gallery Church Farm Kington Langley Wilts
Sept 2015 Work included in a joint show WONDERLAND exhibition with SWILL in 44AD Gallery Bath
Dec 2014 Work included in a joint show CHRISTMAS PICTURE TREE exhibition with SWILL in 44AD Gallery Bath
Sept 2014 work included in a joint show PICTURE TREE with SWILL South West Illustrators in 44AD Gallery Bath
2013 I've been developing the new work and this is an ongoing process, but now I'm actively seeking new and appropriate galleries in which to show/sell them
2010

New painting has continued to develop, and was shown at Bluestone Gallery, Devizes, Wilts; Ridgeway Gallery, Marlborough, Wilts; First View Gallery, Stourhead, Wilts; Fisherton Mill, Fisherton St, Salisbury, Wilts

2010

I'm in the process of re-writing additions and changes to the existing London Art College correspondence course for watercolour painting where I'm currently writer and tutor. I've been tutor and writer for this course and the Children's Illustration course (now tutored by someone else) at the college, for 13 years in total.  The refreshed course will be entitled something like "Learn to Paint Watercolours, Basics and Beyond with Jan Nesbitt " and will be available in a month or so. Details will be posted on this website when it's up and running

2009 Work at The Gallery on The Bridge, Castle Combe, Wilts
Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wilts
Yellow Moon gallery, Holcombe, Somerset
2009 Jan has been putting together a new Course entitled License to dream
which she is running from 31st Jan/ 1st Feb 2009.
2008 Work exhibited in The Gallery on The Bridge, Castle Combe, Wilts
Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wilts
Yellow Moon Gallery, Holcombe, Somerset
SWILL Exhibition, The Library, Bath
Bay Tree Gallery, Bradford on Avon, Wilts
Open studio at 7 Langham Place, Rode, Som as part of The Cloth Road Art Week.
2007 Exhibited in " Enchanted Places " exhibition at Rostra/Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath
Work in " Fantasy and Form " show at the Bay Tree Gallery , Bradford on Avon, Wilts
Paintings and prints exhibited in The Gallery on The Bridge, Castle Combe, Wilts
Also at Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wilts
Yellow moon Gallery, Holcombe, Somerset
SWILL exhibition, The Library, Bath

2006



Work shown in: -
First View, the gallery at Stourhead, Wiltshire
La Strada, Frome
Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Yellow Moon Gallery, Holcombe, Radstock, Somerset

2005

 



Work shown in: -
Bay Tree Gallery, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
First View, the gallery at Stourhead, Wiltshire
Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath, Somerset
Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Yellow Moon Gallery, Holcombe, Radstock, Somerset
2004

'One man' show booked for January 2004 at Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales and interest from other Art Centres and galleries in Wales and England. Work was also shown in this year in Bay Tree Gallery, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

2003


Book illustration continued full time up to February 2003, including last year working on several Fairy Story books, and writing four 'Bug Books' which included illustrating and designing 3-D puppets for inclusion as part of each book.Publishers worked for

 

Decision to return to painting full time. My intention was always to combine this with illustration work, but time and deadlines have hardly allowed any space in which to do this. Ideas were piling up in the form of sketches, bits of writing etc. so I have taken the plunge. Work on sale in Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath, and also exhibited at Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales
1993

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration for 'The Serpent Shell' by David Ross.

1983


Living near Bath, at Rode (where I still live), working full time as a freelance illustrator on a wide selection of books for children of all ages from realistic to fantasy, myths, magic, legends, poetry and humour.

1980

 

Now living in Cambridge. Started working as a freelance childrens book illustrator for Cambridge University Press who gave me my first book 'Legends of the sun and moon' on the strength of the paintings I showed them. This sold well for many years both here and the USA. Books followed in quick succession, for Oxford University Press and a large variety of well known British Publishers.
1979

Held successful 'one man' show at Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales
1975


Now living in rural Mid-Wales, ...resumed painting full time once Piers and Tom were at school. Regularly sold work through a Craft Gallery in Newtown, Mid-Wales and undertook commissions
1971
My second son Tom was born, and again I combined being a mum with painting
1969

Now living back near Bath at the top of a beautiful valley, my first son Piers was born, so I combined being a mum with painting (when time allowed!)
1967-1969

Held exhibitions of my work at Hull Art Gallery, Chichester Gallery and Oxford Playhouse; combined with teaching art in schools in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and at Chippenham Technical College, Wiltshire and surrounding villages

1963-1967

Degree Course in Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire where I gained a BA Honours Degree


Publishers worked for
DENT/ORION HARPER COLLINS OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS BAREFOOT BOOKS LTD SCHOLASTIC CHILDRENS BOOKS
OYSTER BOOKS THE TEMPLAR COMPANY PLC WELSH ARTS COUNCIL
GRAY'S ADVERTISING GINN'S LETTS
MACMILLAN PAN EMAP PUBLICATIONS
EVANS BROTHERS LTD HEINEMANN YOUNG BOOKS HIPPO
LADYBIRD TRANSWORLD USBORNE
A+C BLACK PUBLISHERS LTD BELITHA PRESS COWLEY HUNTER ROBINSON LTD
BENTLY PRODUCTIONS - TV ROBERT FREDERICK LTD PARRAGON (FOR M&S)
LUTTERWORTH PRESS GECKO GOMER PRESS