Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Aspen tree painting and five exhibitions!

My latest studio painting: "Autumn Aspens" 30x24" oil

I've really been enjoying the fall colors and am getting out to paint as much as I can!

Apart from my regular galleries I currently have paintings on exhibit in five other venues! 
Two museum shows in Arizona, Gallery Shows in Colorado and New Mexico, and the Oil Painters of America Salon show in Alabama! 
Please check them out if you're in those areas - for more info:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Urban life show

This Friday night from 6 - 9pm at Abend Gallery in Denver is the reception for 'Urban Life'.  This exhibition celebrates and explores the theme of city living.  I am honored to have three pieces in this show - one a Denver skyline, and two from a recent trip to Venice, Italy.

Above: "Sun Setting on Denver" plein air 5.5x14 oil
Below left: "Venice Rain" 20x16 oil
Below right: "Venice Laundry" 11x14 oil

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A week in the mountains

Right:  My favorite piece from my recent trip to Walden, Colorado. I painted it during a storm! My easel blew over twice and there was so much dirt on my canvas I had to frantically finish with a knife. "Walden Storm" 8x10 oil

One of the most fun aspects of being an artist is being with good friends in gorgeous locations.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining twelve women artists for a week in the mountains. We were generously hosted on a 2,000 acre ranch!  Some of these painters are icons I have admired for decades, but they were all so warm and down to earth.  I returned home with eleven paintings, advanced ATV skills, and twelve wonderful new friends!

If you aren't familiar with the work of these talented ladies, I'd highly recommend checking them out!
From front left: Joe Anna Arnett, Teresa Vito, Cindy Briggs, Cindy Baron, Stephanie Hartshorn, Charlie Bogusz, Cathy Goodale-Saunders, Ellie Weakley, Lori McNee, Me, Patsy Callahan, Jean Perry, and Lori Putnam.

Right: We got to cruise all around the ranch on ATV's. Incredible luck to be up there right as the leaves were changing.  Lots of opportunites to paint golden aspen trees!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Plein air artists of Colorado

This years PAAC show is up at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado until the end of August.
The exhibition features over 100 of the best plein air painters in the country and is not to be missed!
I am grateful to have two pieces in this fantastic show including this one:

"Around the Bend"
9x12 oil plein air

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Landscape show in Denver!

I am honored to be a featured artist in the Abend Gallery Landscape Show!  There is a great article in the May issue of Southwest Art Magazine about the show and my work you can read here.

The opening reception is this Friday April 24th from 6 - 9pm - I hope you can join us!

Left: "Frozen Creek" oil 16x20
one of five works I will have on display.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Announcing my 2015 workshops!

I have two upcoming workshops in Denver, Colorado!

Whether you are a seasoned painter, or just starting out, these workshops are for you.  I pride myself on keeping my class sizes small, so everyone gets a ton of individualized attention.

2 day Studio Landscape Workshop
When:  March 14 and 15 (Sat and Sun) 9 – 4
Where: Abend Gallery, 2260 East Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206
Description: In this comprehensive two day landscape oil painting workshop we will be working with photo reference to created finished studio paintings. All areas of the process will be covered, with an emphasis on compostition and values.  There will be lectures, handouts, demos, and lots of painting time and individual attention. 
Open to: All levels - beginner to professional Maximum class size: 10       Cost: $195

2 day Plein air Workshop

When:  May 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday) 9 – 4
Where: Abend Gallery, 2260 East Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206 and various rural locations near Denver
Description: In this comprehensive two day plein air workshop we will be working on location to create oil studies. All areas of the process will be covered, with a particular emphasis on composition and values. There will be lectures, handouts, demos, and lots of painting time and individual attention
Open to: All levels - beginner to professional 
Maximum class size: 10       Cost: $195

For more information please visit:

Friday, February 20, 2015

My apologies

For some reason Blogger sent out a 2 year old post of mine last night to my entire subscriber list.  I apologize if you received it and were confused!  I'm confused too, and have spent all morning trying to figure out why that occured.  Hopefully it was a one-off glitch and won't happen again.
Thanks for your understanding and continued support! Jane
2/24/15 update: I figured out the problem with blogger and resolved it :)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Painting in the snow!

I've been doing a lot of snow painting recently, including one very cold nocturne (night painting)!  Sometimes it's so cold the water on my easel freezes.  Despite people thinking I'm nuts, it is a very valuable experience.  A camera just can't capture the nuances of color that a plein air study can, and I find this to be even more true of snow scenes.

Top right: Rocky Mountain National Park - painting next to a herd of Elk!

Below: Earlier in the season - you can see the fall leaves still on the trees.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My latest studio piece

16" x 20"
Oil on panel - studio

As it cools down I paint less outside and spend more time in the studio.
It's a nice change of pace.

"So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing."
- T.S. Eliot

$1400 framed - Includes Free U.S. Shipping  SOLD
please contact Mary Williams Fine Arts Gallery for purchase inquiries.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Painting the fall colors

 A couple of recent plein air pieces.
This has been the  most colorful fall I've ever seen in Colorado!

Right: Everything I need for a day of painting - I love that I can carry my 'office' on my back!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Denver Sunset

"Sun Setting on Denver"
5.5" x 14"
Oil on Panel - plein air

The way the sun lit up the buildings was incredible - I just had to paint it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Painting at Ghost Ranch

 I recently stayed at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico with some painter friends.  It's a magical place, and I can understand now why Georgia O' Keefe was so drawn to it!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Painting with Gatorade!

 "Cottonwood at dusk"10" x 8"
Oil on panel - plein air

Funny thing about this painting - I forgot my water (a big problem as I use water soluble oils), and the river was too far away. So, this entire painting was diluted with Gatorade instead of water!
It ended up being my favorite piece of the week and winning a Merit Award at the Paint the Poudre event!