Jan Hulen's first painting experience was with watercolors. She always had a love of art and painting, even though her education in the parochial schools of earlier years left her with little or no formal art training. After her children were grown and gone, she had more free time to begin painting at a local art studio in Wisconsin. Through L'atelier, she worked with many noted watercolorists and took weekly classes. After retiring with her husband in the Hill Country, she felt she needed a different medium to portray the Texas landscape. Even though changing to oils, she still retains her loose and colorful style. She agrees with Renoir, the French Impressionist, who said, "Why not paint pretty paintings? The world is filled with ugliness."
She is a member of the Highland Arts Gallery and also a member of the RAC in San Antonio.