Jan Gustafson, Artist


I am an artist and educator.  I have illustrated two books, worked in the field of architectural rendering, designed gardens, clothing, jewelry, and furniture.  For me life is about hands on creating.  I love to watch an idea, even the fraction of an idea, turn into something tangible.  Opportunities in my life have allowed me to nurture and  manicure many of my skills.    Travel, exploring different cultures through the media of drawing, painting, and photography, is perhaps one of the highlights.  Assisting others in discovering their inner artist is a wonderful high. 

As a fine artist I work in pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic, and often enhance my watercolors using colored pencil.  I love color and look for it in the world around me.  My work is an interaction between nature and my artistic eye. I lose myself in the sensuous quality of the landscape, see it as a living, breathing, and ever changing form that delights.  Throughout the years, because of my art, I have come to see even the most mundane view as hiding great treasures.  The whole process of learning to see beyond the obvious is a great gift.

My sculptures grew out of a paper mache project I did with my third grade students. I bring these fanciful three dimensional creatures alive by infusing them with movement. Whether ugly or cute, they have their own character, much as the animals that share my own life.    

As an educator I have worked with both children and adults. Moving from adult education to younger and younger school age children, I realized that I could teach the same skills and arrive at wonderful products merely by breaking down the projects into more understandable steps. Despite a diverse repertoire, I have always emphasized the creative and unusual approach to completing any assignment.  With retirement from the BV School District I work mainly with adults in the studio and on location, with travel to places I love.  The friendships I have developed in sharing my skills with others has made retirement rich and full. 


Swain School of Design (University of Massachusetts) - graduated with a BFA in 1973

University of Colorado K-12 teaching credential completed in 1979.

Extracurricular work with Steve Quiller, Milford Zornes, Marbury Brown, Tom Owen, Joe Bohler, and Pat Wolf.  Work along side my husband, watercolorist James Pedersen


Adult Watercolor and Drawing Classes out of my studio

Boulder Valley Schools Art Teacher for  Flatirons and Bear Creek Elementary, previous positions at Pioneer, Sanchez and Whitier Elementary, Nederland Junior Senior High. 1990- 2010

Community Schools Adult Education Instructor, 1980s

Architectual Rendering for small Longmont firm,1978

Previous Gallery Representation

PARTICULARS, 401 S. Public Rd.,  Lafayette, CO 80026 (720) 890-7888

Smith Klein-Boulder Colorado

Gallery A -Taos , New Mexico

Flying Frog Gallery-Boulder, Colorado

Trembling Aspen Gallery, Buena Vista, Colorado

Bishop Gallery, Scotsdale, Arizona

Ellen Caukin  1980s-art agent


Cover:  Beside the Rio Hondo, by Phaedra Greenwood, Sunstone Press, 2007.

12 Illustration and poster: Recovery From Compulsive Behavior, by Lane Lasater, Heath

                  Communications, 1988

Calendar:  Jefferson County Mental Health, 1988

Covers for Community School catalog 1980s through early 90’s

(All art work in private collections)


Louisville Art Association- Enhancing Watercolor with Color Pencil, Aug 12, 20105th

Broomfield Art Association- Pen and Ink Drawing, November 9, 2010  & March 2012

Presently showing my masks and sculptures at the

Corner Gallery, Lyons


Corner Gallery, Lyons, CO July-August 2013 & present

Niwot Coffee Shop 2017

Group Show/ Art Party- Longmont 2012, 13

All Souls Wine/Art Party February 2012

Open Studios 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016

Breadworks, Teacher / Student Show July 2011

Painters Four, Alliance de Francais, Denver Sept-Oct 2009

France Group Show, Lafayette Public Library, July 2009

Boulder Valley Schools Art Teachers 2008, 09, 10

Venice Group Show, East Boulder Rec Center, 2009

Two Man show:  Colorado National Bank, Boulder, 1986

American Association of University Women, 1983

Gilpin County Art Association, Central City, 1983

Drawing ’82, Boulder Center for the Visual Arts

Western Art Rendezvous

Max’ims of Greeley High Plains Regional, 1980


Artist’s Statement