Jan Nelson, trained as a printmaker and studied Studio Arts with Garo Antreasian and Robert Ellis at UNM (BA in Fine Art, 1978), has used his artistic and creative skills in stage and film industries career, has largely been concentrating on building and creating functional art pieces in the form of wildly creative lamps made from found, re-purposed and recycled materials. He has shown in the annual recycle shows in both Taos and Santa Fe. He has become known for his sense of humor in his work, along with his great aesthetic sense that produces beautiful one-of-a-kind lamps and lit creations.
As a lighting technician, he has worked with well-known lighting designers and in the Popejoy Hall, Kimo, Lensic Theatres and The Santa Fe Opera. He has also worked as a Lighting Designer/Tech in film, music, dance and stage productions for 15 year.