Jane Lusby-Lawrence is a visual artist living near Kemble Ontario.
She began painting at the age of 15 in her hometown of Amherst,
Nova Scotia. The medium Jane uses is primarily oil on canvas.
Design and color are the current focus of her work. Many of the
paintings reflect her interest in printmaking and children's book
Her subjects are often landscape-based and sketches are often
done from imagery gathered outside in nature.
Jane studied at the University of Windsor, Ontario and graduated
in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. In 1978 she graduated
with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Prince
Edward Island and graduated with a Master of Arts in Fine Art from
Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina in 1982.
Selected Awards: Dr. Allan Pollock Award , Tom Thomson Art
Gallery juried show 1st place Award, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
juried show Viewpoints 1st place Award, MacDonald Stewart
Art Center,Guelph Jurors Award , Blue Mountain Foundation for
the Arts,Collingwood.Her work can be found in the Tom Thomson
Art Gallery permanent collection.
This exhibition emerged from a new direction I have been
exploring emphasizing design plus colour. It has been interesting
to make works with a print-like quality using flatness of design
and vintage colours.
These simple shades of colour are one of the things I remember
from childhood storybooks. I like the imaginative quality this
brings.A number of these paintings done from gesture drawings
often seem like digital information that rolls across the surface
of the canvas, communicating to the viewer.
I have also enjoyed writing short poems. They are like word
pictures, and the paintings are like visual writing. Many
paintings hold memories of woodland walks and hiking on the
Bruce Trail. Nature is a recurring theme. My hope is that the
viewer experiences a child-like joy in exploring these images.