Artwork for Jane Keay
Wind and Motion
Out of the Solitude
A Lifetime of Cats
High Tide, Full Moon
In the Deep Midwinter
I taught myself to use watercolours, which I love to combine in layers and layers, creating a sort of 'inner glow', sometimes, overlaying with fine line ink drawings and sketches.
Inspiration 'arrives', rarely needing to seek it, to see me, more often than not, in a 'serendipitous encounter'. I have always sensed a 'landscape of the body, mind, and spirit; feeling the ancient, past, present, and future perhaps, telling their own stories.
A personal interpretation, in inks and watercolours, of that which I see and feel around me.
I was born in Shropshire and have lived and worked in the Borderlands of Wales and England for most of my life - brought up by grandparents in a rather fine blue-bricked and castellated Victorian house, surrounded by a huge 'secret garden', full of vegetable beds brimming with carrots, peas, beans and many sorts of 'wild foods'; apples, nuts, and dandelions to graze upon during the lazy days of my childhood, plus all creatures great and small, and my pet rabbit who roamed free for most of its life, welcoming me each day at the garden gate, home from school.
It was home that I found the gifts of time, space, wonder, the freedom to fill my mind, senses, soul and imagination...
I have always drawn, and later in life, admired the books of early 20th Century, brimming with the illustrations of Rackham, Tunnicliffe, the Robinson Brothers - Thomas, Charles and William.
I love teaching, and have taught for much of my life, in schools, with small groups, from the age of four to ninety-four year olds!
Contact me for this year's schedule or one-to-one lessons. Workshops and exhibitions listed on my website.
Self-taught and keeping an open mind on all that surrounds me, using that as inspiration
Various Galleries in Shropshire, Mid Wales, the Borderlands.
Regular exhibitor at Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington.
Bluestone Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
Oxenham Gallery, Leominster
Various Fairs and Events