Hello, thank you for finding your way to my page. I've had a busy year painting, I've sold quite a few which has given me lots of confidence and enough cash to keep me in paint and brushes. My usual muse, the Pembrokeshire coastal path features highly in my work, who doesn't love the sea? however this year I'm looking a little closer to home for my inspiration in lovely Kenilworth and I've found plenty to whet my appetite.
Well, close to home is where I’ve stayed, thanks to the covid pandemic, so I’ve set up a temporary studio at home during the lockdown weeks and tried not to worry about the things I have no control over, artwork included. I’m not the kind of artist who writes analytically about my work, annotating every thought, and process that I’ve considered throughout my painting process, I don’t have time for that, and it’s boring to do and maybe to read, I just love to paint.
You might like to know that I use the oldest paints, one set of oils I bought at University in 1984, and many others given to me in 1994 were originally made in the 70’s according to research done on their labels, so if my paintings are ever subject to future close inspection on The Antique Road Show, any paint analysis results will make for a nice puzzle.
So what have I done to keep my creative mojo going during lockdown....I had a change of scenery, so to speak, the first thing I drew up were plans for a large oil portrait of my other half, I haven’t tackled a large portrait in a decade or so, but I truly enjoyed the challenge and was actually pleased with the final painting, you can see it in my gallery section. If you would like to commission me for a portrait please get in touch, I’m not all about landscape painting, and yes my other half was pleased with it too...phew.
Also I’m sure you all know how the lockdown has impacted on the art community so I decided to paint a number of small landscapes in oil, for the #artistssupportpledge. All of these paintings are under £200 and framed, hopefully if I sell £1000 worth of my artwork I can (as I have taken the pledge) buy one of my fellow artist’s painting for £200 too. You can see two of them in my gallery, the rest on Instagram #helenjayneart.
Finally I’ve revisited my Illustrative roots, along with a new iPad (birthday gift) and an eye on the local landscape of Kenilworth I’ve created some digital artwork that I would describe as digital collage/drawings, by all means let me know what you think of these as I will be selling them as limited edition prints at some point in our post covid future. What next? Well it seems like we all have the time and chance to experiment a little, I hope it doesn’t get too messy....
First set of big girl paints (gouache) age 7
Mountains of colouring books, Spirograph, Spiromatic, Etch-a-sketch.
Good art teachers (very fortunate)
BAHons Graphic design and Illustration.
Self employed Illustrator.
Huge career break.
Art Tutor for The Birmingham Independent School of Art
Art tutor for The Centre of England Arts
Work selected for Rugby Museum Art Exhibition
Kenilworth Artist Exhibition. Kenilworth September Art Festival 2019.
Kenilworth Artists Exhibition 2020, now a virtual experience to run alongside WOS online exhibition. Find Kenilworth Artists on our Facebook page.