Hi, I’m Jane…

 
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Life doesn’t always follow a straight line - there’ve been many detours along the way but I like that and hopefully you will too because my experiences have helped to shape me and what I bring to the ‘table’ including creative, business and technical skills.

You’re in safe hands…

I’ve always been an idealist, a deep thinker and a sensitive soul (hello, HSP - highly sensitive person) and as a child I dreamt of someday running my own business - I didn’t know the details but I knew that I wanted to ‘make a difference’. I’ve always loved colour (I wanted to be an interior designer), books, deep conversation and nature. Living in the countryside with a big wooden farm table and a family to love, also came true (with some challenges along the way, of course ;) ) and now, here I am, as a mid-life woman in her early 50’s. How time flies!

As a young adult, I worked for a large solicitor’s office and a stockbroking company. In my early 20’s I flew to America as an au pair for a family living in Pennsylvania. Later, I worked in a large US law firm for a family law attorney. After that, I re-trained in the UK and owned a beauty salon and managed staff for some years.

Then, twelve years ago, with young children at my feet, I felt disconnected, depressed and uninspired. I loved being a Mum but I’d lost my sense of direction, identity and purpose. I longed to feel inspired and excited about life but instead my day to day was about surviving and making it to another day…Slowly and gently, I started to explore my inner soul whispers through painting and have created several online art classes with more planned as time allows.

More recently, I’m keen to help others using the key skills that I’ve accrued. It’s that feeling of ‘giving back’, whilst channeling my creativity by offering design services for small business owners which include Squarespace website design, ecourse launching and bespoke illustration.


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The Back-Story

I still remember that morning from 12 years ago… My young boys were playing quietly nearby & I found myself drop to the floor & sob my heart out in desperation

Surprisingly and totally out of the blue, I began to pray out loud - I’d reached rock bottom and it felt the only option left…

I’d been suffering from post natal depression (for the third time) and had no idea that this heart-felt prayer would within a short period of time be answered so generously and would be the catalyst, for laying the foundations of a faith that has become central to my life. In addition, I began to unlock and re-kindle my passion for art-making and creativity that I had loved as a child and young adult - it felt like ‘coming home’. Throughout this time, I noticed (and those close to me) that I was feeling lighter, calmer and the world appeared brighter, ‘technicolour’ even, as once again I was struck by beauty.

I dabbled with all things creative such as cooking, sewing, felting, knitting and embroidery. In time, I discovered mixed media art and was immediately smitten as I embraced spontaneity, play and the freedom of expression that I hadn’t experienced fully since being a child.

Pretty soon, I was asked to take part in a few local art exhibitions and began selling my work locally, in galleries and then online. Later, I created a website, started blogging and began offering painting workshops locally.

Since then, I’ve created various online art classes and more recently, have begun to offer design services and have loved the challenge of upping my skillset.

Today, I still find it so helpful and powerful to leave my worries behind temporarily as I create in many different ways, whilst enjoying the added benefit of feeling less overwhelm and more self-compassion as I continue to process what I’ve learnt about myself, my faith and my situation long after the computer (or paintbrushes) have been put away. It’s a mystery how this gift of creativity weaves it’s magic inside of us but I’m so grateful for it and what’s even better, is that it’s available to all of us.

As an introverted woman who is now in my early 50’s ;) I realise that these gifts that I’ve shaped and cultivated over the years have been life changing not only for me but have also proved transformative to others and I feel so much gratitude as I continue to develop, hone my skills and of course, journey along with you…

Much love,

Jane x

 
I help women express and honour the light within, so that they may have the courage to pursue their passions, ideas and creativity… 
— me
 

Bitesize

 
 

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Favourite Memory: going on painting expeditions with my granny as a young girl

Supplies: love the freedom and spontaneity of anything water soluble

Colour: Red Cadmium Medium

Artist: Mary Cassatt

I couldn’t live without books and a daily dose of reading

Bringing my personality, heart and faith into all my creative endeavours and offerings

I love to collaborate and help others bring their unique vision to life…

IN SHORT

I live in rural Yorkshire, UK. Married for 17 years with two teenagers, with my first born, Brandon living in the USA. Members of Summerbridge church.

I'm a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), my husband and I are number 7 on Enneagram (The Enthusiast), and an INFP (The Idealist) .

In my 20’s, I was an au pair to two boys and later worked for a large law firm in the USA. I've studied foundation level psychology and counselling skills. I was a salon owner and employer, a fully licensed aromatherapist, beauty therapist and reflexologist.

MY VALUES

Creativity

Learning

Helping Others

Freedom

Purpose

What light’s up Jane? play. quiet. kindness. cycling. getting lost on purpose. pondering. imperfection. moss/lichen. hugs. old teacups. meadows. bird song. painting. sweet peas. colour. story. deep conversation. stone cottages. trees. warmth. creating. prayer. writing. blankets.

Interested in taking one of my Art Classes?

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I believe that true identity is found in creative activity springing from within. It is found when one loses oneself.
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh
 

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Why Online Classes?

With the convenience of modern technology, learning online couldn’t be easier or convenient - all you need is a fast internet connection and a desktop, ipad/tablet or even your phone to view my videos together with a little time for self-care, curiosity, play and a desire for creative exploration…

My classes, heart and teaching philosophy will help you develop your own artistic style whether you’re just beginning to explore your unique creativity or, you’re a seasoned artist - you’ll feel fully guided and supported.

More than anything, creativity is also a beautiful way of helping your soul to breathe from the busyness of a full life. I’ve noticed that taking even a small amount of time out of a hectic week can have monumental benefits on the rest of my week and in various aspects of my life that I couldn’t have predicted.

By taking care of your own needs, developing self-compassion and allowing yourself time to express your innermost feelings, you’ll find you are better positioned to manage the rest of your life and ultimately feel calmer and more able to face life’s challenges in your day to day...