Jan Olof Marner at some occasion described himself as a connoisseur of the art of living. From time to time he worked in public relations and stage design – when he didn’t paint, which he did in a self-willed, experimental way, using different techniques and materials. He didn’t strive for and nor did he became part of the art establishment in Boden, meaning he didn’t create any public art works and he isn’t represented in any of the public collections. However, he was one of the initiators at the outset of the Boden group (now known as Bodenskolan).