Proudly South African, Jane lives with her husband Stuart and their two daughters on the east coast in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a magnificent part of the world, lusciously green, where sugarcane fields roll towards the Indian Ocean and the weather is balmy most of the year. Warmed by South Africa, the majesty of the land and her people with strong cultures and traditions, Jane is intrigued by daily encounters and experiences and drawn to paint the “stories” she is fortunate to witness.
Her paintings are her emotional and intuitive response to the natural world, be it landscape, animals or people. Realism and likeness are unimportant, what it crucial is the authentic and immediate response on that day, at that moment. She uses the subject and light as a vehicle to express herself through the medium of colour and mark making.
Jane “plays” with oil paint, continuously experimenting, preferring to use a limited colour palette. Her pleasure comes from finding new delicious combinations.
“Particularly drawn to the play of light, colour and texture, I paint for the moment, letting my brushes and palette do the work. When a painting is going well, it takes me off to another place, I feel on such a high. I work in a frenzy – the feeling is awesome!”
Jane has a solo show at Simbithi this year in August and is honoured to have been invited to partake in the XII Florence Biennale in Italy in October. Her work goes from strength to strength and her following is now universal.
“2019 will bring new beginnings, as I’m seeing life and light brighter than ever, colours more intensely and unearthing new textures. I’m on a journey of exploration“