Transitions; Plein Air to Abstraction – SOLO SHOW

58 Original Paintings to view in one lovely exhibit – Hope you can make it before it ends! April – May 4th in Canadian Pacific Gallery (Main Floor)

This show is a juxtaposition of small paintings completed outdoors and larger expressive abstracts, informed by the plein air works. In the larger works, details of subject are diminished and emotional brushwork and abstract elements predominate. This is also a First time exhibit of selected video paintings from my YouTube Channel.  I am very pleased to show this latest collection oils, acrylics and watercolours together. Thank you to Janice Cotter for her display expertise!

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The Reality of Abstract Painting

I am pleased to have a feature on abstract painting in the latest Art Avenues Magazine (pages 12-13) from the Federation of Canadian Artists: “The Reality of Abstract Painting”.
I will also be doing a demo for the Surrey Art Gallery on this subject as inspired by the landscape: January 5th, 2017 7:30-9:00pm. Paintings in this article are on Thank you for your interest in art.
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Summer Gallery

Island Sunrise on Galiano, 12 x 16 Oil on Board-Plein Air

Island Sunrise on Galiano 12×16 Oil on Board-Plein Air

Kelowna Vista, 10 x 20 Oil on Canvas-Plein Air

Kelowna Vista, 10 x 20 Oil on Canvas-Plein Air

NOW SHOWING-SUMMER GALLERY: JULY 19 – 31st at the FEDERATION GALLERY at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.  In this group show including 24 artists, eight paintings have been selected to be included. I decided to feature favourite vacation destinations and places I have painted on location (en plein air). I hope that you may get a chance to visit this excellent show. Please see preview Here.

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Wishing you a great summer and may art and the outdoors be an enjoyable part of it! Cheers, Jane

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Hands Down Authentic

There is something necessarily valuable in the works done with our hands, whether it is knitting, painting, making something, playing an instrument, typing, cooking, cleaning, communicating or sharing a helping hand. These are all authentic ways to partake in our human existence and appreciate each other.
In my latest video I am pleased to wear a hand made hat that keeps me warm and  inspires the artist in me simply because it was a shared gift.
I share my painting exercise of 37 stroke paintings and my process for plein air work in my latest videos hoping that you may enjoy this handiwork of mine.
Thank you for being a supportive subscriber. Best to you and your handiwork.

I paint an impressionistic oil painting mentioning some elements of painting  and how I focuses on an area of interest. Figures are included on the path.

This video in fast motion features Rocky Point at the end of Burrard Inlet. Colour expression is played out with oil paints and energized brushwork with the hand.



As the evening light hits the totem poles on Burnaby Mountain, I explain that painting something already made can be an inspiration. I limit this 11 x 14 oil painting to 37 brush strokes while counting the strokes with cones that I found with my hands.

 A 37 stroke painting in oils, I make simple shapes using negative and positive painting to bring about an impression of totem poles on Burnaby Mountain responding emotionally with my hand. Set to soft music.
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Abstract from the Mountain

Let it Snow

What is it about a white landscape that seems to give us a sense of peace or joy? For me it is a pause from the changing magnificent colours always calling me to paint while establishing a sense of awe or majesty. The first brushing of snow on the mountains brings a twinkle of light to the darker days of winter and seems to reflect more intently God’s presence in nature. Light, after all, is a beautiful thing but impossible to capture with paint. We only can offer to reflect it on the white of the canvas or in white paint. None the less, we artists venture out to bring the effect of light into our work, similarly as snow covered mountains do on a clear day. May the Light of the World bring you joy and peace this season too. Merry Christmas and Happy Celebrations! Enjoy these videos and Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!





Fallen Leaves

While in the beautiful setting of Lynn Valley, the fallen leaves on the ground lead me on paths of colour investigation and admiration of natures changing seasons. The linear patterns of bare trees and intertwined branches also called to be investigated – and for me that was with paint (as can be seen in my videos below).
With limited daylight of the evening and the cooler shadows in the valley I sensed a depth of cold coming upon me like that of winter on a tree. The bright colours I put in my painting helped me feel warmer though I was aware of the darker and colder days that lay ahead.
With the busy season upon us, of intertwined activity and the year coming to an end, may we remain steadfast like the trees left without their leaves ready to receive the new growth that always follows.
Wishing you and yours much warmth in your hearts and homes this season. Jane



Rhythms of the Moment

The rhythmic flow of Lynn Creek was perfect for another set of painting videos just before the colder weather set in. I managed to paint and film on location another 37 Stroke painting; this time in acrylic focusing on rhythms and colour play of the moment. I first collected leaves for counting my strokes to get in the tempo of the place and to get some cues for pushing colour…. from green to yellow to red. I thought if leaves could do it so could I. The shorter video is fast motion of my painting to music and the explained version shows how I paint the scene with commentary. I hope you may enjoy these expressions of the rhythm of the place and the ones my brush suggested. Best wishes, Jane