In the winter artist Jan Vallance works from her new canal-side studio in Goyt Mill, an old textile mill in Marple Cheshire. But the Spring and Summer is her favourite time. This is when she works from home. Home is a narrowboat, and from late March to the beginning of October it becomes “The Art Boat”, home, studio and floating gallery. Jan travels the canal system, popping up at floating markets, festivals, and sometimes just on her own.
Limited space on the boat means that smaller paintings are more practical to work on and this is where her 8” x 8” pieces are ideal. Larger works must wait until the winter, and studio time, when she can work on the many layers that make up the paintings.
Summer 2018 was spent exploring London’s canals. Inspired by the contrasts of the city’s leafy corridor, Jan has been working on a series reflecting the more urban areas of the canals.
Jan’s paintings document her travels on the UK waterways and reflect her love of the many aspects of canal life.