Jane Pestell-Litten

A sought after painter, exhibited in public and private galleries around the world.   A leading arch. Designer, whose vision is found in  admired buildings through Australia and the Far East.

Not two people, and two talents, but one artist – Jane Pestell-Litten, who has recently moved to Arrowtown, New Zealand.


Painting in the Realist style in oil, collected publicly and privately, Jane is busy with both Commissioned work and supplying work to the network of galleries that represent her in Australia and New Zealand.


Some Public collections that Janes works are held in include the Australian Television and Film Corporation, The Thai Consulate and Methodist Ladies College, Western Australia.


Jane enjoys painting still life, landscapes and exploring figures under water.


She has  been a Finalist in the Black Swan Portrait Prize 2011 and 2012, a Semi- Finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize 2015 and a Finalist in the Portia Geach Portrait Prize 2016.


Jane particularly enjoys painting portraiture – either whole or part figure. Janes interest in figure work is reflected in her Founding membership with the Western Australian Portrait Artist Group, her continuing membership with Australian Guild of Realist Artists, The Portrait Society of America as well as her initial formation of the Arrowtown Life Drawing Group. She is additionally involved in the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society and co-editor of the ArtyFacts E-Newsletter.


“Jane’s exploration of everyday characters, situations, and the dilemmas of commonplace themes aims to encourage us to reflect on the beauty of those otherwise overlooked ‘ordinary’ moments that are the threads of our lives.”


Jane has worked in Commercial Architecture and Interior Design for over 30 years. Beginning with Masterplanning experience Janes work encompasses designing bars, restaurants, hotels, and casinos, hospitals, multi storey buildings and multi apartment dwellings, schools and universities, the Western Australian Parliament, an award winning Underwater World – even a fish processing plant, staff uniforms and logos.


Her work can be seen throughout Australia, China and Asia.


Her professional peers recognised her body of work by naming her a Member of the Design Institute of Australia and appointing her their representative in the formation of a University Architectural course.


Jane’s work begins with client brief, sketch and design documentation, working drawings and she particularly enjoys taking a project through to turn key level.