Jan Donley writes, paints, and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts. Her novel, The Side Door, was published in 2010. In 2017, Donley completed an illustrated novel, A Certain Light. It is currently in the hands of her literary agent. In addition, Donley has spent the last year writing a new novel that she hopes to begin marketing in the fall of 2018.
Donley started drawing and painting late in life, having been discouraged as a child but carrying around a dream to combine visual images and words.
She studied art with traditional tools and then found her medium unexpectedly with an iPad screen as her canvas. She believes that mobile art is one of the next important disruptions in the art world. Her piece “Orange Brothers at Night Window” was chosen as one of 100 paintings to be displayed at the Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Summit in Palo Alto, California in August 2016. Her train paintings have been featured in Boston Magazine and in the journal Masque and Spectacle.
In September of 2017, Juror James Wagner, Exhibits Specialist at JFK Museum, chose Donley’s painting "Coffee Table" for the Members Juried Show at Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). In March of 2018, Randi Hopkins, Director of Visual Arts at Boston Center for the Arts chose Donley’s painting "Train Study" for the Members Juried Show at PAAM. Also from December 14, 2017-January 20, 2018 “Train Study” was featured in the “You Should Be an Artist” Exhibition at Michael Ingbar Gallery in New York City.
Donley teaches writing and literature at Berklee College of Music. She loves Provincetown and is grateful to be represented by Stewart Clifford Gallery