Born in Cape Town, Jane loved drawing and painting from an early age. After completing matric with a distinction in art, she went abroad and travelled extensively for 2 years. After returning to South Africa, she started working as a fashion designer. This turned into a 25-year career as a designer and design manager.
She lived and worked in South Africa, Italy and the Netherlands, travelling all over the world for inspiration.
However, Jane always felt that something was missing and that her true creative desires were not being fulfilled. 5 years ago, she decided to embrace her inner artist and quit her career as a fashion designer to focus full-time on her true passion. She chose portrait photography because she loves to capture the essence of the soul, especially through the expression and emotion in the eyes, capturing a moment in time. She is now blessed to live on a farm in the Little Karoo where she works from her beautiful studio, constantly inspired by the nature around her. This has made her realise how, just by observing the beauty and authenticity of nature, we can transcend our state of being, at a time when there is a lot of fear and negativity in the world , to a higher and more holistic consciousness.
Her new series of paintings called ‘Transcendence’ represents this level of consciousness through the expression and emotion in the subject’s eyes, an almost otherworldly expression. She used the grisaille technique in oil paint for all the faces to give a slightly dreamy effect and combined that with gold leaf representing the light of higher consciousness.
In her next series, she also uses the grisaille technique in oil paint combined with gold leaf, but with touches of colour. It is a series of strong portraits with large, beautiful headdresses made of objects from nature that depict the power of higher consciousness. The headdress has a deeply spiritual meaning. It is a symbol of strength and bravery and is worn only by the most respected members of a tribe. Hints of colour are found in the headdresses making them the focal point of the painting.
As an artist, her aim is to create paintings that, when observed, give a sense of beauty and intrigue and for a moment take the viewer into the magic of their inner soul.