About Jan Nesbitt

Enchantment and Wonder, Magic and Surprise are the elements Jan finds in the natural
world, and which she seeks to reflect and celebrate in her watercolour paintings.
Jan has worked with these themes for 30 years, both as a successful published illustrator
and as a painter.

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 and are presented with 3000 microns
deep whitecore window mounts in front, and barrier card to protect image from back.
Shaped pictures include a liner to remove them from the glass.
The pictures are framed in solid ash wood 2" wide (50mm), a few are in narrower ash
wood frames.
All prices quoted include mounts and frames. For packaging and posting, paintings can
be sold in mounts only, and prices adjusted accordingly.

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coming soon.

Curriculum Vitae


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


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

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!)

My second son Tom was born, and again I combined being a mum with painting

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

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




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.


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.

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



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.



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 Rostra Gallery, Bath, and also exhibited at Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells, Powys, Wales

'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.