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Jane Canfield - about the artist


Jane can be seen hurtling along in her little van with her little dogs – visiting out west or up and down the coast, working from life wherever possible.

"I grew up surrounded by art with my Dad and two uncles as artists. My family went camping nearly every weekend and Dad always had his sketchbook and camera handy. No doubt, this is why I too prefer working in the landscape. In the last 12 months or so I have seen my way of working change. Right now, I prefer to work on quick gouache or watercolour sketches en plein air and then work off these in the studio. My work is becoming more abstracted. Always working in blocks of colour.  I am constantly inspired by many artists... Franz Kline, Clarice Beckett, Wolf Khan, Ann Thomson, Pierre Bonnard and English artists Colin Orchard (my mentor and friend) and Ivon Hitchens to name a few. You could say some of these artists are poles apart. But influences are strange. I think as Artists we 'cherry pick' and it all comes out in our own style. Who knows where we are going.      

Dogs are also integral to my life. As an only child, getting my first dog at 14 was a monumental experience. And years later, I was the lucky friend of 'Arnie' (who came to me as 'Armani). He was my muse and companion for 8 years. On September 19th 2013 at about 5pm, he suddenly passed away after some years of ill health. It was just before the launch of his book at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, our Regional Gallery in the Mountains. He was an exceptional little creature. He has a book that is filled with my many drawings and paintings of him (he still makes an appearance in many of my works)  and it is written by my friend and fellow artist, Sophie Potter Seeger, who spent many hours with Arnie and myself... smuggling him into hotel rooms, the movies,  restaurants, wherever I went, everyone new Arnie went as well! You see Arnie was extra special. An RSPCA boy, he came into my life at 9 years old, part of  the 'Save Our Seniors' Programme. We had 8 fabulous years together, not without its traumas, as he lost the sight in both his eyes and they were eventually removed, amongst other issues. But he was a funny, sometimes cheeky, always affectionate and a gorgeous little man. Always with a smile on his face and the patience of an angel."

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Jane Canfield

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