Jan Hart
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Jan grew up in the chaparral areas of Southern California with a love for nature and the out of doors. Her education background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology and a Master of Arts degree in Architecture. Jan has studied art under various locally and nationally acclaimed artists. While she resided in the Pacific Northwest, she taught design, drawing and watercolor privately, at the University of Washington and at Cornish College of the Arts. She left the northwest in 1993 and moved to New Mexico.

For 15 years Jan Hart made her home in EspaƱola, just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a self-supporting artist, Jan taught watercolor from her studio at Ranchito San Pedro, at Coconino College in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Costa Rica and other places that beckoned. In 2008, Jan moved herself and family of dogs and parrots from New Mexico to southern Costa Rica, where she teaches, paints and writes from her home high above the town of San Isidro de El General.

Now Jan’s passions include writing as well as teaching watercolor and painting. She also spends time with her partner and best friend, Frank Thompson, who operates an organic farm, Finca La Puebla across town. After remodeling her Tico house and building her studio and cabinas, she is now comfortable with her activities, surrounded by her animal pals. Her home at Casa de Corazon now has two cabinas suitable for artists and travelers interested in the spectacular landscapes and destination points all her Costa Rican home. Jan’s first book, The Watercolor Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Color, published in 2008 continues to be a favorite among watercolor artists world wide and contains much of her experience and insight into color and watercolor pigments from her 30 years of teaching. Her ebook, What Do You Mean I Can’t Move to Costa Rica is available through this website and she is currently writing an autobiographical novel, The Scarlet and Jade House.