My secret place... Maui
My secret place... Maui


Born in Indianapolis, IN, Jan Marét has evolved in her art career since attending Herron School of Art in 1977 from an established sculptor into a regionally recognized abstract painter whose vividly luminous and colorful works lure the viewer into dimensions beyond everyday sight.

After moving to the mountains of Colorado in 1988, she exhibited in numerous venues and galleries throughout the region; developing a following of collectors throughout the country. 

Since 2011, Jan Marét has been honored to mentor with renowned Japanese artist Tadashi Hayakawa, and was selected to show at the International Peace Exhibition in 2013 in Nagasaki, Japan.  She is featured in two of Hayakawa’s books; Waku Waku I (2020), and Waku Waku II (2023).

Her art has also been featured in the international Studio Visit magazine volume 30, on the cover of the Steamboat Arts & Gallery Guide, in Steamboat Living magazine, and the Maui News. 

For more than 30 years, life in the Rocky Mountain West played as a muse for Jan Marét’s works.  Now, her dream of living in Hawaii has brought her to live full time on Maui, where her muse now plays with the magic of the islands. Since 2018, Jan Marét has been blessed to live in the magical rainforest on the north shore of Maui, HI.   Here, she is surrounded,  immersed in and mused by the intense raw power of Sea and Sky, and the volcanic power of creation itself.


She has been represented by Wertheim Contemporary Gallery Here on Maui, and actively participates in the Maui Open Studio Tours.   


As an artist, her work is both direct and mysterious, spontaneous and otherworldly.  The works are brimming with tangible emotion and replete with the dynamism of   the never-ending cycles and connectedness of all things in the universe; a gateway into other realms of our existence.  

She skillfully transforms her unique mix of materials into stunning visual realms of color, shape and form.  A strong sense of natural rhythms and dreamy movement allow for disparate components to form and reform; evolving, responding, and intimately interacting with the the viewer.   

She captures those shadow images of the world of our Life; the fleeting images from memories, dreams and human experience that flash unborn in the mind; transforming them into an emotive surface on the canvas.

Her life is about art, and her art is about life. To view one of her paintings is to encounter a reflection of oneself; our connection to the Universe, and to the vast and mystical poignancy of the human condition to which we are all bound.

Embracing elements of life and nature, these are timeless works of art that will live on in your soul and on your wall. Boldly captivating shapes alive with color capture the world beyond the senses.



“My work reflects the eternal cycles of creation, growth and expansion of our vast universe, and the never-ending cycles of my own human emotive experience.  One cannot exist without the other within the dynamics of dualism of our Universe. The very beginnings of Life expressed in the vast Universe of our cosmos outside, as well as inside our very own physical and spiritual bodies is dependent upon these cycles. 

I live within the greatest masterpiece of all.  Creation itself is unsurpassed as a  work of art...all works after it are but echoes of the original.”

Jan Marét





Featured artist Steamboat Living Magazine Spring 2016

Featured juried artist  Studio Visit Magazine


 Featured Cover Art/Artist Yampa Valley Arts & Gallery Guide Summer 2015


Art Takes Times Square 2012 edition book












1978        BS, Indiana University  

1977-78   Herron School of Art and Design: Fine Art Major,   Indianapolis, IN  

1974-76   Murray State University, Fine Art,  Murray, KY





2017       Cosmos  Harwig’s Gallerie February Featured Artist
2017       Cosmos, Vail Valley Arts League January Featured Artist, Avon, CO
2016      Art for Everyone, with Tadashi Hayakawa, Rogue West Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

2016      Meeting of the Minds #1, with Tadashi Hayakawa, Rogue West Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

2015      Natural Lines,  Osmosis Gallery, Niwot, CO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2015      Jan in January, The Chief Theatre, Steamboat Springs, CO

2014      Chroma Obscura, Harwig's Gallerie and restaurant L'Apogee, Steamboat Springs, CO

2014      Confrontations with the Unconscious, Artwork Network, Solo Exhibition, Rear Gallery, Denver, CO      2013 Salon Misha, Solo Art Exhibition, Denver, CO

2013      AP Studio Art Inspiration Exhibition, Jack Finley Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

2013      Confrontations with the Unconscious, Harwig’s Gallerie, Steamboat Springs, CO

2013      Spring Fever at Creekside, Steamboat Springs, CO

2013      Elements of Force, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Visual Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO 

2012      The 3-D Show, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Visual Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO

2011      Found and Eccentric Objects, Colorado Group Realty Gallerie, Steamboat Springs, CO 

2011      Action-Abstraction-Reaction, Olympian Hall Gallerie, Steamboat Springs, CO

2010      Over the Top, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Visual Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO  

2010      Harwig’s~L’Apogee Gallerie, Steamboat Springs, CO  

2009      Center for Visual Arts, Artwalk featured artist, Steamboat Springs, CO

2008      Azteca, Artwalk featured Artist, Steamboat Springs, CO

2008      East West Frame Shop, Artwalk featured Artist, Steamboat Springs, CO 

2007      Creekside Cafe, Artwalk featured Artist, Steamboat Springs, CO

2006      Dillon Mountain Arts Show, Dillon, CO  

1995      Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO

1993      Featured Artist, Art Quest Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO





2016       Faraway Places, members show, Vail Valley Arts Guild
2016       Dark and Stormy, members show, Vail Valley Arts Guild
2016       Summer Fun, members show, Vail Valley Arts Guild
2015       Summer Art, members show, Steamboat Arts Council
2015     “Re-Tree”, national juried show, Steamboat Arts Council

2015     “Summer Art”, members show, Steamboat Arts Council

2014     “Summer Art”, members show , Steamboat Arts Council

2013    “Small Works”, Deep Space Gallery, Parker, CO

2013    Art & Soul For Hospice, a juried fine art show, The Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO

2013    “Patterns”, a juried fine art group show, PACE Center, Parker, CO

2013    “Bloom”, a juried fine art group show, The Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO

2013    “Out of the Box”, 3rd place in juried group show, PACE Center, Parker, CO

2012    Member’s Show, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Visual Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO 

2011    Art Works at The Victorian, an ongoing group artist show 9/11 to 7/13

2011    Artwork Network Gallery, Artwalk featured artist, Denver, CO

2009    To present:  Center for Visual Arts, Steamboat Springs, CO

1995    Smith & Nephew National Arts  

1993    Two Woman Show, Art Quest Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

1991    Steamboat Springs Artist’s League

1991    Summer Art , Eleanor Bliss Center for the Visual Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO

1991    After 5 Art Show, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Visual Arts at the Depot, Steamboat Springs, CO





2014     Finalist “Art Steamboat” five state regional juried art competition
2013     Nagasaki Art Museum, International Peace Exhibition, Nagasaki, Japan 




2014  "Into Wholeness"Bust of Steamboat sponsored piece

2014  "Son de la Joie" for private collection, Edwards, CO

2009  Bust of Steamboat, sponsored by Steamboat Resorts, Steamboat Springs, CO

2009  “Elixir of Love”, Emerald City Opera tour, Steamboat Springs, CO

2008  “Tango” wall mural for private company, Steamboat Springs, CO 

1993  "Plains Warrior", Steamboat Springs Derby Classic Art Auction Benefit, Steamboat Springs, CO

1993  Steamboat Springs Marathon, winners prizes, Steamboat Springs, CO




Hui No'Eau Visual Arts Center

Vail Valley Art Guild

Steamboat Springs Arts Council





2011/2012       Art Instructor, Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym

2011/2012       Artist mentor; Advanced Placement Art Program, Steamboat Springs High School

1991-2015       Steamboat Springs Arts Council Member and Visual Arts Committee

2012                Art Curator and manager, Hospice Celebration of Life Art Benefit, Steamboat Springs, CO

2013                Art Curator and manager, “Art & Soul for Hospice”,a juried fine art benefit show, Steamboat Sgs, CO






Edwards, CO        Denver, CO

Naples, FL            Coconut Grove, FL

Brooklyn, NY         New York City, NY

Columbia, MO       St. Louis, MO

Endocino, CA       San Francisco, CA

Greenwich, CT      San Diego, CA

Harlington, TX       Seattle, WA

Houston, TX          Steamboat Springs, CO

Los Angeles, CA   Tallahassee, FL

Macomb, MI          Sydney, Australia

Milwaukee, WI       Baltimore, MD

Lincoln, NE







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