Jan van Loon was trained at the Minerva Academy in Groningen and the Academy of Art in The Hague. He moved to Drenthe in 1972 and joined the Drents Schildersgenootschap (Drenthe Artists’ Society) in 1979. His choice of subject matter is varied: landscapes, interiors, portraits and still lifes, painted in a realistic style. Later he also joined the Noordelijke Realisten (Northern Realists). He likes to make series devoted to a single subject.