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Roger here from Switzerland and Dad and Mary down from Montagu for a family get together in Wilderness. The house in the nature reserve well appointed and spacious. The covered braai area perfect in the damp weather.
Pharaoh gallery, the paintings humming with energy from the walls. Bold sweeping strokes from the pallet knife on the large canvases, applied with precision, create minimalist portraits full of movement. The use of bright, surreal colours serve to arrest the eye and emphasis the beauty of the women in the paintings.
With rain threatening we stopped at Pomodoro for a light lunch. We could only manage to share the cheese and meat Antipasto, which the knowledgable, and attentive waiter, assured us would be perfect. The relaxed atmosphere ensured that a second glass of their generous house wine became necessary.
Face pink, sunny day exploiting my sunscreen lapse.
An unusual painting commission for the Knysna Antique Wooden Boat Festival poster, with precise guidelines that didn’t easily fit into my impressionistic, finger painting, style. The colours, vibrant. The setting, with the Knysna Yacht Club as a backdrop, special. The painting, challenging.
My painting, ‘Walking with Giants’, selected for the South African Charity Auction in London, crated and ready to be collected. My DIY limitations being tested as I look to keep the crate light but ensure the safety of the painting.
The studio has received 17 excellent reviews on TripAdvisor pushing us closer to the top 10 ranked attraction (ranked 17 out of 77) in Knysna. Currently, we are ranked 3rd out of 17 best shopping destinations, with the number 1 and 2 both in Sedgefield.

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.


  • Ann Raats

    Dearest Jan

    Congratulations on all these wonderful achievements for you both and your studio. It’s so good to ctch up on all the news after being out of touch for so long.

    My very best wishes to you for the future

    Blessings and love


    August 29, 2016

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