Jan Welda Tong, an artist and writer, was born in Los Angeles, California.
She's lived on the Hawaiian island of Maui since 1996. Jan specializes in original oil paintings, creating
peaceful, timeless images that can take your breath away.
Inspired by the beauty of nature and by some of history's greatest artists, including Rembrandt,
Johannes Vermeer, and Michelangelo, Jan delights in continuing the age-old tradition of oil painting. She creates
smaller paintings on site, taking her easel and recording vivid images of places as they are that day. Larger, more
detailed paintings done in her studio, including selected portraits, can take up to a year to complete.
"I like to create windows into other worlds, and to bring the outside in," she says.
Currently Jan has work in Hana Coast Gallery and is the featured artist at Hotel Wailea; she is one
of the participating artists in Seabury Hall's Aloha Art Gallery. She was a featured artist at this year's Haiku
Ho'olaulea and Flower Show, and also at the Art of Real Estate in Kihei. Jan taught art at Haiku School, and helped the
fourth graders there create a ceramic tile mural of native Hawaiian species that is permanently displayed on a wall outside
their cafeteria. She has work in private collections worldwide and has had many solo shows.
Jan is also a writer, the former editor of Maui's Haleakala Times. She currently completing a book called Maui Cowgirl, chronicling the life of Rose Cambra Freitas,
the first woman from the state of Hawaii to be inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth,