Jan Whitton began her painting career at the Portsmouth College of Art and later furthered her studies at the Valentine Headworth School in Harrow. Following her move to Gloucestershire, further help and encouragement were received from the late Victor Webb of Cheltenham. Originally Jan worked primarily in oils but developed her love of pastels under tuition from the late Christopher Asheton Stone. Her work was first exhibited in Ruislip, Middlesex; since moving to the Cotswolds, her work has been shown in various exhibitions and galleries in Gloucestershire. Jan is a member of the Fosseway Artists. Jan has a studio at her home in the small village of Cranham, surrounded by the Cotswold countryside which is where she finds much of her inspiration. Jan also runs Pastel workshops for both beginners and the more experienced.