Jane Davies is a full-time professional artist whose abstract expressionist works consist of collage, painting, and encaustic. She is author of numerous publications and videos with a focus on abstract painting and collage.
Beginning as a potter in the early nineties, Jane gradually transitioned to designing tableware, fabric, paper goods, stationery, and other products, to fine art painting, using painting and collage as her medium. Since 2010, Davies has put most of her effort towards teaching, writing, and making art.
Jane offers workshops at her studio and nationwide, with the goal to help people to find a personal and playful approach to art. Her teaching philosophy focuses on spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process. Jane comments, "I try to pave the way into that precarious 'I-don’t-know-what-to-do-next' zone, where you are challenged to forge a personal path, with guidance, to discover the satisfaction of making art that is truly your own. Cultivating a degree of comfort, or at least willingness, with that awkward territory of not-knowing, is one of the keys to finding your creative edge."
In creating her own art, Jane begins with a loose idea as a starting point. She explains, "In my own art practice, focus on process is an essential component of developing work that feels authentic and personal. My process involves a back-and-forth play between spontaneous, intuitive mark-making, and careful deliberation and intention: I think of it as letting things happen, and making things happen. I make a move, and then the painting reveals something new to respond to. Each move changes the whole piece and sets up a new set of challenges. It takes practice and continued effort to stay present to this dialog and not get carried away by the desire for a quick result or an easy resolution. It requires trust in my own intuitive responses, and a willingness to not-know, to not have the route laid out like a road map."
Jane Davies Art Publications Include:
Abstract Painting The Elements of Visual Language
Scribble Collage with Hand-Painted Papers
The Art of Crayon: Draw, Color, Resist, Sculpt, Carve!
Adventures in Mixed Media: Collage, Stitch, Fuse, and Journal Your Way to a More Creative Life
Art From Intuition
Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork
and many more. See the list and where to buy, here:
Learn more about Jane Davies. Visit her website and view her art: http://janedaviesstudios.com
Jane Davies, The Artist