06) Bio & CV



Artist Jan Norsetter is an award-winning oil painter known for vibrant landscape paintings en plein air and evocatively detailed studies in still life. Norsetter also practices the decorative art of rosemaling, using skill and an artist’s sensibility to embellish items traditional and modern in an age-old form.

Norsetter paints en plein air (painting in the open air) to imbue her paintings with a sense of place. She works outdoors in every season, painting close to home in Wisconsin and on travels to the western United States and overseas to Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Norway.

The artist has exhibited in more than 30 juried, collaborative or solo art shows. Selected paintings, prints and her rosemaling are in many permanent and private collections across the country. Awards include top honors in numerous plein air competitions and rosemaling exhibitions. In addition to her work as an artist, Norsetter teaches landscape painting and rosemaling. She continues to draw inspiration from respected mentors in oil painting and rosemaling.

Four Wisconsin-based galleries represent Norsetter’s work: Zazen Gallery in Paoli, Pink Llama Gallery in Cedarburg, Dillon Gallery in Madison, and Diakonos Gallery in Stoughton.


Zazen Galley, 6896 Paoli Road, Paoli, WI

Pink Llama Gallery, W62N580 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI

Diakonos Gallery, 187 E Main Street, Stoughton WI

Selected Exhibitions/Competitions

In the past 10 years, Norsetter has exhibited in more than 30 juried, collaborative or solo art shows. Commissions include the Tribune Building Artist of Record, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, a series of paintings scheduled for completion in 2017. Selected paintings, prints and Norsetter’s rosemaling are in permanent collections at many museums and cultural institutions, including the Chazen Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin, and Livsriese, the Norwegian heritage center in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Many examples of her work also reside in private collections across the country.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including top honors at the Theodore Robinson Plein Air Competition in 2013, 2014, and 2016. First Place and Best in Show at the Wisconsin State Rosemaling Exhibit in 2014, and First Place in the National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition at the Vesterheim Museum, Decorah, Iowa, in 2009.