Jan Phethean spent her childhood travelling across China ,Africa and the Mediterranean. "As a very small child I crossed many latitudes and longtitudes in ocean liners and saw stars drifting and fish jumping in the shifting tides of great oceans on the other side of the world. This light in the darkness has influenced all my work." Jan Phethean's paintings reflect a sense of the sublime. As an alchemist strives for gold, Jan phethean strives to express the intangible. Trusting her emotional instincts her work is both aesthetically beautiful and intensely courageous.