Jane is a versatile artist who paints in oils and knits beautiful shawls!
What does creativity mean to me? It is a lovely gift, one I inherited from my mother. Like any talent, it has many forms and how it is manifested is unique to each person. It is at its best when cared for and practiced with love or passion. Sometimes the simplest, purest form is the "best" and sometimes not.
What is it about the St. James lifestyle that inspires my creativity? First there is more time here and a slower pace. There is more time to think and to see and to feel and hear and taste. I am a lifelong daydreamer and this suits me.
Describe the ideal environment which motivates or inspires me? Quiet times inspire me and other people and their creations inspire me. A visit to our gallery makes me want to work harder. Nature inspires me constantly. It's not that I want to compete with our Creator but I admire it so, I want to capture it. My grandchildren inspire me, they are so beautiful.
What advice would you give a new artist? I would advise a new artist to not be afraid of or be intimidated by other artists. In the gallery we honestly applaud others successes and share a little bit of their pride. We all struggle to "do our own thing" and grow with it.
Where is your favorite place in St James? My favorite place in St. James is usually the beach, then the Marina, and most of all, our own backyard from our sun porch. That is where I paint. Nature is especially pretty there, and the golfers and the birds are so busy and the flowers outdo each other. I love it.