Jane Austin Watercolour

Jane Austin
Watercolour Artist
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The website has a dedicated 'Halifax Gallery', which includes original paintings as well as my new 'Shibden Collection' available at Shibden Hall and Bankfield Museum. Other local heritage prints are available at The Design Shop at Dean Clough and The Yorkshire Gallery in The Piece Hall where you can also find original paintings.

Note that I choose not offer automated sales as I find personal contact provides a better personal service.

Look out for my fifth solo exhibition at All Souls, Haley Hill, HX3 6DR, as part of the Halifax Heritage Trail and National Heritage Open Days on 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th September.

It will include all of my local heritage prints as well many new paintings that fully reflect the range of my work.
Always looking for the bright spots around me in colour and pattern, nature and architecture there is something for all tastes.
Hopefully this year you will be able to visit in person and I will be on hand to chat, painting if possible at the time.
Up to date information regarding the venue can be found at https://www.facebook.com/allsoulshaleyhillcommunity,
as well as own Facebook page.

I am a watercolour artist based in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Training as an illustrator I graduated with a BA(Hons) in 1986.
I have twenty two years of experience working as a freelance artist.  

At my home studio I hold many private art courses and also travel to give demonstrations and workshops. The majority of my paintings are original though I have a growing number of prints and postcards following local heritage. Commissions play a large role in my work, many being repeat custom or through recommendation.

Come and take a wander through my site.

The Process
I love to paint with watercolour. Personally I need a good structured drawing in order to then paint freely, allowing the paint to take on a life of it's own, before gaining some control back with detail. Composition, light, colour, tone, negative spaces and texture all hold my attention in equal measure, to be balanced and tweaked in the final touches. Painting in watercolour requires planning but then allowing yourself to literally go with the flow. The subjects I paint range widely in order to capture images which inspire me. I work from sketches, colour mapping and also photography plays a large part in preparation for a painting, providing vital detail references. The majority of my work is full imperial, which allows the use of large brushes, big washes and small detail.

This is a very liberating way to paint and I appear to have passed on the bug to a few others.

I hope that you enjoy browsing through my website, welcoming any enquiries concerning sales, commissions and tuition.
I do not have automated sales by choice as I find personal contact provides a much better service, individual payment plans and BACS can be arranged.
You can keep up to date with my work in progress and art classes as they happen on my public Facebook page, Jane Austin Watercolour.
I have a profile with the Artists & Illustrators magazine and a relationship with Woodmansterne Publishing Ltd, who have just renewed global rights to my 'Smell  the Roses' card. Watch out for it o the shelves.

I have ventured into Instagram at jane_austin_art if you wish to follow me, alongside The Art in Calderdale.

Gift vouchers are available.


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