Jan Crawford was born in Vancouver and moved to the Okanagan as a child where she was raised in an orchard setting. Jan studied art in Vancouver from 1979-1988 and holds a B.E.D. from the University of BC and a B.F.A. majoring in printmaking from Emily Carr University. Today Jan is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists where her paintings have been shown in several juried exhibitions.
As a printmaker, Jan is known for her large and colourful Okanagan landscapes. While at Malaspina Printmakers Gallery on Grandville Island she produced over 140 large monotypes. Some of these can be seen at the Vancouver International Airport.
Jan's work has been published in a book titled "Nexus: Histories and Communities", a series of six large monotypes entitled "The Packing House Series" speaking to the disappearance of the Okanagan identity. By incorporating brightly coloured vintage fruit labels with archival photographs from museums these prints have become records of a faded cultural identity. They are significant contributions to the heritage of the Okanagan region on British Columbia.
Today Jan works with acrylic and her images are portraits of a changing environment as well as landscapes of cultural change. Her recent paintings speak to a vision and awareness of issues regarding the preservation and conservation of cultural identities. Jan's recent body of works titled "Preserve" focus on the canning jar as a symbol of environmental awareness.
"My work has been a reflection of my personal experiences and my continuing relationship with the land. I will continue to explore the role the land plays in defining our identities"