As a studio landscape painter, I devise and build a final image through many stages and layers of paint away from the location. Initially, an arrangement of forms or motifs informed by quick drawings made on site (recording look, feel, energy) and importantly, of integrity to the subject, are established. The work is resolved through construction (and deconstruction) of composition, colour, mark-making and abstraction.
This adherence to the ‘truth’ can prompt marked differences in my work from one series to another, in choice of colour palette, of scale and mass, of mark. I am excited by composition, colour proportion and value relationships, the quality of a mark and its location, the palpable nature of the painted surface.
Although subjects are frequently found at the coast or hill country, the work shown here are mostly examples of domesticated environments, gardens, particularly my own.
The ongoing Fragile Habitats series can be viewed on my website https://www.janestrother.co.uk. This work is informed by observation of natural habitat and wild life, particularly botany, suggesting the detail in an image.
It records a personal response to fragile ecologies (land/sea margins, threatened green belt) as well as more domesticated environments.
Jane is happy to accept commissions.