‘The seashore, the place where the waves fall and ebb away is mesmerising, it is never the same, it’s endlessly changing. It’s a constant source of interest and surprise.’
Jane graduated from Bath Academy of Art in 1987 and worked in theatre publishing and illustration before concentrating on painting. Over recent years she has perfected her technique of using glass powders in a painterly way bringing together her two passions for painting and glass.
‘The glass itself is the palette – the nature of the sea, the way the colours seem to be contained within the waves, suspended in that moment just before or after the wave has fallen – it just seems to work beautifully in glass.’
Jane works from her studio in Bristol and has a particular love of the Cornish coast, where the clear quality of the light, the energy captured where the sea meets the land and the refreshing spirit of the landscape define the content of her work.
‘I watch as people stop to look at the sea. They may take a snap. They walk on. And the waves continue to land themselves, unwatched. It is as if there is an independent force operating. A something bigger than me. It is beyond control and so we are less than it. We respect it. We journey to see it. We play in it and on it. Or we just watch it.
When I go to the sea, it reminds me of my humanity. Painting it allows me to be caught up in a bigger thing and encourages me to look hard for beauty and the elusive quality that is life itself. And it is very beautiful.
‘The colours I see in a falling wave are the colours that describe freedom, freedom from the stuff of life that sometimes crowds in and saps energy. As a city dweller seeking that sense of freedom, they provide a momentary but lasting space to breathe deeply and be refreshed. Whether they are gentle harbour waves or huge crashing beach breakers, they represent the colour and sound of a ‘free’ sea.’