I am an artist, (primarily a painter), a mentor to artists, and a personal coach. I began my creative career as a graphic designer, but after nearly 25 years I began my true creative journey – my personal art. I completed a BA (Hons), 2005, University of Hertfordshire then an MA (Arts and Ecology), 2008, Dartington, Devon. I am a director of Art.Earth. (Biography page).
My contemporary painting is based on landscape and seascape around the world, and alludes to this Fragile Earth, a title I sometimes use. My work is often described as ‘powerful’ – what you are seeing is a slice of the world as I see it but also my emotions and feelings, at that moment; I hope it resonates with my audience.
I live and work near Bovey Tracey, Devon, England.
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When she began her ‘proper’ artistic journey in 2000, and wanted to paint. She did not know why she wanted to paint, only knew she did. For as long as she can remember she has drawn, painted and made things, her late father influenced her hugely although he was no great artist (although he could have been); he knew the importance and enjoyed the experience of art.
But instead of painting, during her studies she made films, had conversations, wrote a bit, played around a bit, did collaborative stuff. The Arts and Ecology MA she completed in 2008 left her a bit of an anarchist, with a small a. She does have strong views about a lot of injustices in this world, a hatred of people who treat others, and this earth, so unkindly.
She produced some art on serious subjects – the destruction of the UK dairy farming industry, (installation, film and conversation, Milked Dry, 2007); the equally destructive fishing of our waters that will deplete the oceans of fish for ever if we don’t do something, (installation and film, Fishy Business, 2010) and with food following and the exploitation of workers around the globe (dinner, installation and sound piece, An Antipodean Expedition, 2008).
The more she researched, the more upset she became and her art was not her friend anymore.
In 2010 she started to draw and paint more seriously, but was floundering. What she wanted to know was – what did she need to say and, more importantly, why? In 2013 she started to find a voice, and her narrative and reason for painting. She needs her art to give her solace in her world – it is somewhere she retreats to and looks forward to entering, it is a means of communicating that there is still beauty in the world, it is not all bad. She is fully aware of what is happening – but she tries her best to give something lovely back to people who are her audience, but actually as importantly, to her! We don’t need to live with the horror every day.
Joseph Beuys was instrumental in a way of communicating that she aspires to, he founded Social Sculpture. In her own small way – if she can influence a mood to be lighter, to encourage someone to look more wonderingly at the colour of the landscape and celebrate their justifiable place within it, and they pass that feeling on, then her job is done. Joseph Beuys talked of the butterfly theory – Jane can’t change the world any more than you can, but she can perhaps try to make it a bit better, a bit more joyful.
Jane hopes you enjoy her work – the textures (rough and smooth), the colours (gloomy and bright), the underlying narrative (life is tough but also wonderful).
© Jane Hodgson