Jane Hodgson, SWAc, MA Arts & Ecology, BA (Hons) Fine Art.
The origin of my painting is landscape and seascape around the world, primarily Devon and Cornwall, England. However, as important as the original location, is the narrative of the human condition that runs through all of my work. I start a painting referencing the chosen location, carefully designing the composition, then unconsciously at first, emerge emotions that are my life, or those of the world at the time – bravery, striving, passion, conflict, freedom, hope, light, integrity – a dialogue begins to appear that I then bring to the painting consciously. My work is often described as ‘powerful’ – what you are seeing is a location but also my emotions and feelings in the world, at that moment; I hope it resonates with my audience.
Jane paints most days in her studio at her home near Bovey Tracey, Devon and teaches art to adults locally. She was a graphic designer before turning to art full time.
Only idiots like pretty, sweet things
” Beautiful flowers aren’t a way of avoiding the tougher facts; they are a consolation… the mood that beauty naturally encourages – is a good state of mind to be able to access, given the number of problems we have to face. A taste for pretty art isn’t a denial of the troubles of the world; it shows a wise awareness of the extent of suffering and a concern for bolstering oneself against despair”.
Unknown author of quotes at The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2014