Jan DeFily

Jan has been involved in the visual arts for many years in various mediums, but found her niche almost ten years ago when she discovered colored pencils.

For the past five years, Jan has attended Beech Tree Studio’s Colored Pencil classes where she studies color theory, the importance of complimentary colors, how to combine various pencils for just the right color, and different surfaces to achieve unique results.

With her passion to help others realize their artistic, Jan joined Beech Tree Studio as an instructor and began teaching art classes from her home in Elgin. According to Jan there is no greater pleasure than helping someone discover they really can learn to draw.  She also enjoys inspiring someone to push a little more to do the very best job they can on each piece.

Jan was born and raised in the Chicago area and currently lives in Elgin, Illinois.