John Janzen

Victoria, Canada

Painter, sculptor, rustic furniture builder

John Janzen was born in Ottawa in 1954. He moved to Alberta at a young age and spent most of his life skiing, building houses, breeding Newfoundland dogs, and running engines for CN through the Canadian Rockies. Alternately, his need to create and express himself evolved during quiet moments on lengthy layovers between shifts. Watercolour was Janzen’s chosen medium in the midst of these scenic adventures because of it’s portability and convenience. Janzen also temporarily relaxed from traditional painting to build a unique log home in Jasper, Alberta in the early 80's. This was a massive undertaking that took over 8 years to accomplish.

In 2001, Janzen enrolled at the University of Alberta Extension program and began refining his style and skills as a painter taking courses towards a Fine Arts Certification. Often interrupted by his busy career and family life, much of Janzen’s skills are self-taught and learned through workshops by the artists at hand. He has been especially influenced by Gregg Johnson of St. Albert using the Ed Whitney process. Tony Couch also remains one of his watercolour mentors. Some other influences have been Robert Longo, John Singer Sargent, David Janzen, Blake Ward, The Group of Seven and Emily Carr.

In 2011, Janzen re-located to Milan, Italy for two years where he studied Italian and continued his art education at NABA School of Art and Design. He travelled throughout Europe pursuing the works of great masters like Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Rubens, Modigliani, and Soutine. These works inspired and influenced Janzen’s shift to oil painting and he painted daily – exploring this new medium at his home studio in Milan. His en plein efforts with watercolour continued as well during many trips throughout Italy and Europe.

After his recent move to Victoria in the fall of 2013, Janzen has been impressed and inspired by the natural power and movement of the ocean. He is especially attracted to how boats are time worn and weathered by the ocean and how everything is eventually destroyed by the incredible power of the sea.


Collaborator Group of Chapel People June 2016 – Present 840, Humboldt St., Victoria

collaborator, artist and design contributor, furniture, framing, and upcycling repurposed furnishings.

Volunteer Coast Collective 2014 – Present Wale Road, Colwood

demo artist, and general gallery slave.

Chairperson Jasper Artist Guild 2008 – 2010 Jasper, Alberta

Organized and represented JAG (Jasper Artist Guild) committee meetings and facilitated workshops, including demonstrations.


Visual Arts NABA - Nuova Academia di Belle Arti Milano 2011 – 2013 Milan, Italy
Visual Arts Certificate University of Alberta 1998 – 2006 Edmonton, Canada


Article in the Fitzhugh, Fitzhugh newspaper


solo, Overtide, Coast Collective, Colwood, BC - 308, Wale Road, Victoria, BC, Canada 42 pieces, original oil, watercolour and resin pieces, giclee prints available.
solo, , Boutique Nautique @ The Marina, at Oak Bay, Marina at Oak Bay - Victoria, BC, Canada
Collaborative, Happenstance, Imagine Gallery, Studio, and groovy Cafe - 31 Erie Street, Victoria BC, Canada Upcoming, many smaller resins, and larger furniture pieces, large paintings in collaboration with artist Diane Adolph.
solo, Angry Oceans, Serious Cafe - Esquimalt, BC, Canada This was a return invitation, always fun to work with Brandy at this lovely shop.
Solo show, Surfacing, Bean Around the World Coffee - Victoria, Canada Opening on Wednesday, January 6th.
SOLO, Nautical Work, Serious Coffee, Esquimalt - Victoria, Canada
Collaborative, Bloom 7, Coast Collective - 3221 Heatherbell Road - Victoria, Canada
Collaborative, The Look Show, The Bay Centre - Victoria, Canada
Collaborative, Love and Happiness, Coast Collective Gallery - Victoria, Canada Took second place for ‘Daphne’s Garden’.
Collaborative, Ongoing, Victoria General Hospital - Victoria, Canada
Solo Show, Surfacing, Oak Bay Marina - Victoria, BC An exhibition of 16 Oil and Watercolour pieces
FCA Adjudicated Art Show, Icons, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery - Vancouver, BC 2 pieces in this show
FCA Adjudicated Show, Muse, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery - Vancouver, BC 1 piece in this show
Collaborative, Pleasure or Passion, Cenote Bistro - Victoria, Canada
Collaborative Show, Ongoing, Jubilee Hospital - Victoria, Canada
Solo Show, The Small Show, Brushfire Gallery - Jasper, Alberta Watercolour. All pieces sold.