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 years of experience working as a freelance artist. My home is my studio, where I now hold many private art courses. I also travel to other art groups to give demonstrations and workshops.
The majority of my paintings are original though I have some prints and postcards. Commissions are a speciality, many being repeat custom or through recommendation. I also take on occasional illustration and mural work.
Come and take a wander through my site.
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.
You can keep up to date with my work in progress and art classes as they happen on my public Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/JaneAustinWatercolour/.
I have a profile with the Artists & Illustrators magazine https://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/JaneAustin and sell products with some of my images through https://www.zippi.co.uk/portfolio/janeaustinart as well as a relationship with Woodmansterne Publishing Ltd.
I have just ventured into Instagram at instagram.com/jane_austin_art/ if you wish to follow me.
Gift vouchers are available.