Style Artist

Style Magazine - - Entertainment - Jane Don­ald­son chats to Style

Tell us a lit­tle about your­self

I live and work on a lit­tle hobby farm nes­tled in the bush near War­wick. I work full time as an artist and along with my hus­band Ben we own Jane Don­ald­son Art Gallery. We love fer­ret­ing around our veg­gie patch and flower garden, tend­ing to our an­i­mals, mess­ing up the kitchen and hud­dling around the back­yard bon­fire with our kid­dies.

De­scribe your style?

There’s a few ba­sic premises at the heart of every one of my paint­ings – imag­i­na­tion, colour and sto­ries. I’ve dis­cov­ered that art is an an­tenna for feel­ing, it’s a re­cep­ta­cle for mem­ory and it’s a dan­de­lion wish for the fu­ture, and for me it’s a way to ex­plain and record what I see and feel. Th­ese bring me to where I am to­day - a painter and maker of colour­ful, whim­si­cal sto­ries dug out of my imag­i­na­tion, ob­ser­va­tions and mus­ings.

What in­spires you?

Ab­so­lutely every­thing! The rhythm in mu­sic makes my brushes bounce on the can­vas, melody has shape, sto­ries are full of colours, spo­ken words make pic­tures in my head, smell has tex­ture. Re­mem­bered dreams have fan­tas­ti­cal sto­ry­lines and im­pos­si­ble hap­pen­ings.

When did you start paint­ing/draw­ing?

I have al­ways loved mak­ing things and can’t re­mem­ber a time when I wasn’t doo­dling or cre­at­ing some­thing. I started delv­ing into paint­ing when Belle, our youngest, started school in 2008.

How has it evolved and what has in­flu­enced this?

Be­gin­ning as a hobby artist, I learnt and de­vel­oped my style with­out for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions or study - just a de­ter­mi­na­tion to cre­ate.

Why do you en­joy paint­ing?

I en­joy the way in which art mak­ing forms a fun­nel for ex­ter­nal stim­u­lus to mix with those things I feel and think and imag­ine.

What are some of the high­lights/ favourite mo­ments of your artis­tic life?

Be­cause of my pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with peo­ple and re­la­tion­ships, paint­ing al­lows me to con­nect and tell not only my own sto­ries but those of my clients also. It’s a high­light when a client in­vites me into their life and fam­ily story and trusts me to tell it through paint or col­lage or when some­one buys my art, say­ing, ‘your story is mine also’.

What do you like about Toowoomba?

I love Toowoomba for its green gar­dens.

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