Jan was born and raised on the lower mainland in White Rock and Vancouver. As a child she spent a lot of time with her grandma who had been a porcelain painter in England at the turn of the 20th century. Since her grandma was confined to bed with arthritis they did a lot of drawing together. Jan still remembers her grandma telling her to always try at things, just because they look difficult doesn't always mean that they will be.
The story of Side Street Studio is more than the history
of a business. It is the physical expression of a belief
that real art should be accessible to everyone. It is
also the evolution of a business model supported by
principles of community-building economics.