Jan Stirling, ARCT, B.Mus. Arts, is an accomplished jazz pianist, piano teacher, composer, writer and Biofield Tuning Practitioner. She lives in Victoria B.C. and performs at the Empress Hotel, Butchart Gardens, Oswego Hotel and the Lieutenant Governor’s House as a soloist or in jazz ensemble configurations. Ted Harrison was an English-Canadian artist who is mostly known for his vivid painting of the Yukon. His love of the people and the land there brought him international acclaim. His distinct style, employing bright colours and whimsical scenes, appeals to all ages. Harrison also taught art in the public school system for several decades, inspiring countless students with his enthusiasm and wit.
Jan Stirling and Ted Harrison, the celebrated Canadian painter, met in 2007 and felt an immediate connection. Jan spent more and more time with him, oblivious of their age difference, always feeling his acceptance of her quirky, candid nature. As a j [...]
Jan Stirling’s memoir of her friendship with Canadian artist Ted Harrison during the last years of his life is a warm commentary on an unlikely relationship that developed between the artist, then in his eighties, and the author, a talented mus [...]
Jan Stirling’s creativity is apparent to anyone who has heard her play. A talented and successful musician and therapist, Jan has also recently published a wonderful memoir of the friendship she had with English-Canadian artist Ted Harrison. & [...]
Ted Harrison’s Rainbow World Jan Stirling’s memoir of her friendship with Canadian artist Ted Harrison during the last years of his life is a warm commentary on an unlikely relationship that developed between the artist, then in his eig [...]
Of course, people want to know what our relationship was all about. Were we lovers? Was he a father figure? What did I want from him? What did he want from me? We’ve all dreamed of having a special someone that gives unconditional love and s [...]
A friend recently said to me, “I imagine you and Ted became close because you were both going through difficult times during the same period and by sharing your emotional vulnerability with each other you had a strong connection.” I mus [...]