I have been fascinated by small groups of musicians performing since experiencing an event in the foyer of the Barbican in 1989 and have been exploring the subject ever since. My prime aim is to integrate the gesture of the figure with the music they are playing. As music exists in time and painting is two dimensional, I have to find ways to evoke the idea of the music. Careful listening and making written notes about my response to the music gives me a starting point regarding the kind of colour, compositioin, tonal balance and marks to use. Colour, shape and line predominate, but want to achieve some sense of depth in the painting - which could indicate a sense of time passing.
As Artist in Residence with Leamington Music since 2006 (www.leamingtonmusic.org) Jane has solo exhibitions every other year (sometimes every year) in conjunction with their Music Festival Weekends in May at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa.
She collaborated with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski on his project Sketches of Mexico, her paintings (along with others) are projected wherever he plays these pieces. (see COLLABORATION).
Warwick School commissioned paintings for their large Recital Room in 2003/4 (see COMMISSION)
The Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour; The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden; Parkview Gallery, Birmingham; Castle Gallery, Kenilworth; Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton; Whibley Gallery, Worthing; Hooper Gallery, London; Wherry Quay Gallery, Ipswich; Highbury Gallery, London; Heiffer Gallery, London; Bourne Gallery, Reigate; Flint Gallery, Burnham Market, Norfolk; Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham; Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa; Thorndyke Theatre, Leatherhead; Warwickshire Arts Weeks; Association of Midland Artists annual exhibitions.
She has work in many private collections both in this country and abroad and has exhibited regularly in Open Exhibitions.
London: Royal Watercolour Society, Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, Discerning Eye
Provinces: Cheltenham Open, RBSA, Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
2007 Rugby Open - Rugby Fine & Decorative Arts Prize
1993 RWS Open - Saunders Waterford Award
'A MUSICAL JOURNEY IN PAINT' is available on Amazon UK, US and EU.
The book follows Jane's exploration of musicians and music through drawing and painting from 1989 to present day.