I'm so glad you're here!
Hi, I'm Jane...
I create online art classes and host workshops with soulful and practical tools to help you slow down, reclaim your identity, embrace play and find joy and creativity in a busy world. As a mid-life woman with my share of life's turmoils (including depression), I know all too well the toll that years of care taking, perfectionism, disappointments, fears, lack of time and societal pressures can take. I also wholeheartedly believe in the power of art and creativity.
I believe that creative expression helps us sift through what lies beneath and brings us out into the light so that we can find true inner contentment and enjoy our nearest and dearest.
My artwork stems from a desire to know myself better - to explore my identity and gain a deeper understanding of what has gone before and what is to come.
Art and especially female portraiture, helps me explore different seasons of a life lived for both myself and women from other eras. I enjoy vibrant colour, texture and nature plays a big part in my work and life.
Note: If you have any questions about my work, my online classes or anything else, you might find the answer in my Frequently Asked Questions.
I live in the UK in a small farming village - right at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, near the town of Harrogate. I think it just might be the place I dreamed of as a little girl - its beautiful... I'm a wife to Robert and Mum to Brandon, Joseph and Benjamin. Yes, three boys - no wonder I like pink so much [wink].
...I'm a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), number 7 on Enneagram (The Enthusiast), and an INFP (The Idealist) .
...Childhood Memory: painting outdoors using watercolours with my granny at age seven...
...Film: Out Of Africa - I saw it when I was 17 and it still makes me cry.
...Ideal Day: A walk with the family and our two dogs; pub lunch with a glass of wine, mooch around some interesting shops, an art gallery visit (if possible) and then come home to paint a little before us all sitting down to pizza and a good film.
...Couldn't do without: art supplies, books, camera, some tech and tea!
...Used to: live in the USA for seven years and first was a nanny (to two boys) and then worked in a very large law firm in the suburbs of Philadelphia near Lancaster County, where the wonderful Amish based film, 'Witness' with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGinnis was filmed. I've studied foundation level psychology and counselling skills. Been a practicing and fully licensed aromatherapist, reiki healer, beauty therapist and reflexologist.
...Married for 16 years (2018).
...Our youngest sons both have high functioning autism (aspergers). My eldest son, was born on Christmas Day in the States (he's in his 20's)!
...Friend: my longest friendship has been for 33 years and counting. We can still chat for a few hours solid, no probs after not seeing each other for 6 months or so.
...I'm a Christian - we're a Christian family and here is my unfolding faith story.
Popular Blog Posts
More... check out the Blog Archives
I particularly love creating portraits of women. The portraits speak of the lives of women and what it means to be a woman both in present day and in times past. I enjoy spontaneity, imperfection and grit in my pieces; it reminds me of the impermanence and fragility of life.
Art Events and Noteworthy
How Stean Gorge exhibition
Nidd Art Trail - open house
3/2018 - Workshop - Summerbridge Church event
Competition winner for Debenhams, Harrogate
Toft Gate Barn Working Artist event
Art on display - Rachel's Tea Rooms - Pateley Bridge
Workshops at Grassfield Hall - 11/2017, 9/2017, 7/2017 + more.
Various licensed artwork.
Various local exhibitions.