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Jayne’s latest works represent the eight different types of intelligence in the form of surreal landscapes, visual spatial being the first.
I am proudly Scottish so feel free to read this in a slightly posh Scottish accent.
Here’s the thing. Ask yourself why you wish to read this? What is it that you want to know and how will it influence your view of my art?
I could tell you an old (ok, middle aged) dog CAN learn new tricks having been studying with an exceptional mentor in the last year.
I might brag that I’m still (yawn) ‘#blessed’ to be living on the Gold Coast, Australia with my still ever supportive, handsome husband (but let’s be honest, the Ozzie sun is taking it’s toll on all of us) and my still wise but now a little challenging, teenage daughter, Ponks. Not to mention my rescue Scaredy Dog who’s terrified of the wind, has an allergy to Sir Walter and a phobia of cats. Would these inconsequential facts sway you in any way?
Would it matter if I told you my torrid affair with Oils has blossomed into a stable marriage and I had to tell my Acrylics. “It’s me, not you?”
You may be surprised to learn, I now often listen to books instead of music when painting. Fair tickled me pink (or is it Quinacridone Rose) to realise my thirst for knowledge could be satiated whilst flogging the old canvas.
You might be absorbed in the story of exactly how I fell into painting eleven years ago but really, would that change what appeals to you in my work?
You probably do want to know what drives me though? I’ll tell you even if you don’t. Connection. Connection always breeds compassion, and we can all, always, do with a little of that. But here’s the strange thing (not really if you know me); I often highlight connection through painting the opposite, that way the viewer can see more clearly the need for it, via it’s absence. Let me explain.
My latest body of work focuses on the eight different types of Intelligence and the need to overhaul the global education system in that regard. It was originally devised to service The Industrial Revolution and now, many believe, it’s disconnected. Why can’t we connect with our children and discover their strengths at the outset of their life journey, tailoring their education based on their innate intelligences? Surely the product of this would be that future generations thrive, fulfilled and content because they’ve chosen the correct careers based on their strengths, passion and interests? Is it a dream of pipes? Maybe. Anyway, now that you know all that, does it change the way you see my art?
My point is or rather my question is, does any of the above matter? Are you the kind of person who buys art based on what others think, past performance, how cool the artist appears to be, if it has the right blue in it or the artist’s credentials back up what you feel might be good work? Or, do you buy art just because you like it? If you are any of these or none of the these, it is of no consequence.
What matters, I think, is, do you love what you see? Do you like my work? Does it make you happy? Does… it… make…YOU… happy? Even the creepy guy who buys the saddest, darkest piece of art possibly imagined is happy when he hands over his dosh is he not?
If my art does make you happy then I am sincerely humbled and the creative right hemisphere of my brain is gleefully jumping up and down on it’s tiny, neuron legs.
I’ll see you when I see you.
Finalist – National Emerging Art Prize 2023
Finalist – The Doyles Art Awards 2023
Little Feature Exhibition Aspire Gallery Brisbane 2023
Amore Exhibition Artprenr Gallery Brisbane 2023
Fiercely Feminine Exhibition Artlovers Australia Gallery 2023
Finalist – The Doyles Art Awards 2022
Finalist – Lethbridge Gallery Small Scale 20000 Salon des Refusés Qld 2022
Finalist – Lethbridge Gallery Landscape Prize 2022
Semi Finalist – Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2021
Finalist – Lethbridge Gallery Small Scale Prize Salon Des Refusés Qld 2021
Finalist – Lethbridge Gallery Landscape Prize Salon Des Refusés Qld 2021
Finalist -Royal Queensland Art Society Figurative Award at Petrie Terrace Gallery Qld 2020
Finalist – Dean Cogle Portrait Prize at The Dust Temple Gallery Qld 2020
Finalist – Neumann Portrait Prize at The Dust Temple Gallery Qld 2017