“I am inspired by the beauty around me and all of life experiences.
I paint in response to what I see and feel about a subject by letting
the paintbrush lead me while retaining a certain harmony in my compositions.
I endevour to make each piece a unique statement whether its with colour, abstraction, or play and hope that this
brings to the viewer a joy similar to which I created it with.” Jane
Jane Appleby is a prolific and intuitive painter having recieved several awards for her colourful expressions. She paints with the vigor of her love of life.
She has been mentored by many artists from the Federation of Canadian artists including Robert Genn who coined her a full member of “The 37 Club” (painting a painting in less then 37 minutes and another in 37 strokes). Her impressionistic and colourful paintings have been described as: “Emily Carr Meets Gaugin" by painter Brent Lynch.
The works of Van Gogh, Mondrian, Kandinsky and Rothko have been influential to Jane. She recalls being especially moved by viewing original works in museums by these artists as well as more contemporary ones like Emily Carr, BC Binning, Jack Shabolt and Gordon Smith. All of these had an impact on her taking up painting more seriously. Her architect father also nurtured Jane’s process while he was alive.
Jane’s favourite mediums are acrylic and oil although she is proficient in watercolours and mixed media also. Recently she has built up an extensive body of work while exploring her creative response to the landscape.
Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her parents and brother, Frank Pochyly, who also is an artist. She currently lives in Burnaby with her husband, some of their young adult children (five in total), a dog and two cats. She also frequents Galiano Island, a favourite painting spot and vacation destination. She spends quality time with nature during mountain hikes, in a kayak, or while downhill skiing.
Jane is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Association of Photographic Arts. She is open to doing commissions and will do customized photo sessions and art instruction. Her artwork has contributed to many fundraising events and she is a sought after workshop instructor.
2013 Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design – Completed Fine Arts Techniques Certificate
2013 Robert Genn and Sara Genn Workshop at Holly Hock (Plein Air to Abstraction)
2013/12 Plein Air Painting Workshops: Whistler/Saltspring Island
2010-2011 Marcia Burtt, MA, California, USA – Plein Air Acrylics
2008,2004,2002 Don Farrell SFCA, Vancouver- Abstraction
2004 Allesandra Bitelli, SFCA, CSPWC – Composition
2002 Suzanne Northcott, SFCA – Figure Drawing
2001 David Langavin, AFCA – Acrylics
2000 Mike Svob, SFCA – Oils, Watercolors
2000 – Bachelor of Science, Simon Fraser University
- Active Member-The Federation of Canadian Artists
- Burnaby Artists Guild: Past President, Past Program Coordinator, Associate Member
- Canadian Association for Photographic Arts (CAPA) Member
2012 Award of Excellence for “In White” – Federation of Canadian Artists, Abstarct Show February
2009 CAPA Anual Greeting Card Contest Honour Award for Opposites Attract and Winter’s Peace
2008 BC 150 Photographic Show – “Which Way”- Runner Up in Urban Landscape. Also accepted: “Opposites Attract” & “Winter Reflections”.
2007 Spirit Award Design – Mural with Bryony Hollick chosen for award.
2006 Favourite Artist ( Silver for Favourite Painting “Cascades” and “Community”) — Burnaby Artists Guild Show – Shadbolt Centre
2004 Favourite Painting (silver) for “Falls and Trees” — Burnaby Artists Guild.
2003 “Indulgnence” Favourite Painting Honourable Mention Burnaby Artists Guild.
2000 BCMA Logo Contest – 2nd place
1985 Burnaby Art Contest – Honorable Mention
1983 BCIT Art Contest – 3rd place
- Canadian Greeting Cards – Snowy Inlet 2013, Winters Peace and Cypress Mountain Photos 2012
- BC Artists Book – Volumne Three, Juried Publication 2012
- Living with Christ – Novalis Publishing Feb. 2012 Front Cover, detail of Painting: Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Canadian Association of Photographic Arts – “Opposites Attract” photo published in 2010 Spring Magazine
- New York City Art Book Project – Juried publication of art and photos: “November in Central Park” photo
- BC Catholic Photo/Interview -“Celebrating for a Cause” Malin Jordan March 22/10
- United Way Community Spirit Award 2007 (Mural Art used for award)
- News leader Burnaby/NewWest Feature – Wanda Chow March 30/06
- BC Catholic Feature/Interview/Photos – Maureen Mahon May 8/06
- Tri City News Sept.25/05 – “Mural Priceless Legacy”-Larry Pruner.
- Vancouver Sun Feb.16/04 B3 – “No Plain Jane Art Show at Place Des Art”
- Multi Faith Calendar (2005) – May Image: “Cascades”
- Multi Faith Calendar (2004) – Dec Image: “Wisdom”
- Vancouver Sun – Around Town Feb 16,2004
- Burnaby Now Newspaper -studio tour photos June 14, 2003, Entertainment Article April 11,2001
- Ceperly Art Gallery Rental Brochure photo 2000
- Big Brothers,
- Camery Children’s Services,
- Burnaby Hospital Foundation
- L’Arche Community for Developmentally Disabled
- Seaforth School, Burnaby Mountain Secondary
- Coquitlam Football Association
- Burnaby’s Empty Bowls
- St. Michael’s, All Saints and Arch Bishop Carney