Jane Austin

About Me

Full time artist since 1998

I completed my BA ( Hons) Visual Communication Design in 1986, specializing in illustration. It was 1998 when I finally turned to art full time with many project experiences and exhibitions both joint and solo. Day to day I could be working in my home studio, out working on commissions or teaching.

I live and work in my home town of Halifax, West Yorkshire, I am rooted here in Calderdale.

I have become very involved in local heritage which has led to my relationship with Calderdale Museums, particularly Shibden Hall.

Art is a very personal activity and I paint purely in watercolour. My process completely reflects my personality as I prepare with a detailed plan in pencil before layering colour in free flowing large brushstrokes to build transparent colours.

When it all seems out of control I then use the pencil plan to bring the detail back to a realistic image but still retaining some of the wild, flowing marks and texture which can only achieved with this medium.

I am interested in painting colour, texture and pattern affected by light which is reflected by my range of work. Influenced greatly by the watercolours of John Singer Sargent many of my works search for the elusive luminecence of light.

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