Jan’s varied career included magazine production in Odessa, Texas; fashion illustration and hospital public relations in El Dorado, Arkansas; and jewelry manufacturing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After fifteen years in the jewelry business, Jan and her husband sold the business and “retired” to Creede, Colorado where they opened the JThompson Gallery and Lovering’s Bead Loft. They sold the bead business in 2007 so Jan could hold summer pastel painting workshops above the gallery. Her popular classes are becoming a summer destination for students to enjoy the mountain scenery. Jan’s original pastels and prints reflect the beauty of her mountain community and the western way of life. Her award-winning artwork is becoming highly collectible, especially her signed limited edition prints. She is currently a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, the Tubac Center of the Arts, and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.