Jan Parker Jan Parker is the first to admit that his artwork is old fashioned. He says, "Look at the sea, it’s old fashioned. The mountains are old fashioned." Jan was born in 1941 in Southport, England, to an English father and a Danish mother. His parents encouraged him to draw and visit the art museums of London in hopes that the works of the Great Masters would inspire him to develop his inherited artistic ability. His great, great grandfather is credited with the creation of the four life-sized lions that stand guard in front of the Royal Danish Throne in Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. Another relation, Axel Lassen, is a well-known Danish landscape painter.