Jan Searle received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art in 1978. After graduating, she worked for three years as an artist-in-residence in Haverhill and Newburyport, Massachusetts and was the art director for the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport while also exhibiting her work in various New England galleries. Wanderlust inspired her to travel, live, and paint in numerous parts of the world for a few decades including England, New Orleans,.and the US Virgin Islands. Jan discovered Bisbee twelve years ago and stayed. In her time here she has taught drawing classes at Cochise College and exhibits her work at the Tang Gallery.

Jan has received numerous awards in regional and national juried competitions including the Faber-Birren National Color Award show and the Bisbee Plein-air Competition. In 2015 she received a $5000 grant from the Robert Howard Trust Foundation. 

Jan works mostly in pastels and oils and is known for her vibrant use of color and her unique compositions.