In 2011, Jane enrolled at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh on a one year painting course. During this year she focussed on still lifes. She liked it so much that she stayed on for a second year where she specialised in abstract flower paintings - see Section 2013 below. The mediums used in these paintings are gesso, charcoal and acrylic paint.
Jane was planning an exhibition in the south in November 2014 and managed to persuade her teacher to let her stay on for a third year. This enabled her to build up a body of work for her show. The results can be seen in the section 2014 below. The mediums used in these paintings are all water based and natural - gesso, egg tempera and pigment. Many people have said that Jane's paintings have a similarity to her glass work - maybe not that surprising as the common theme is flowers. During this year she found a way of incorporating her other passion - lettering - into her paintings. The lettering comes from the herbarium at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, where there are 3.5 million pressed flower species including some done by her botanist father John Raven. Some of the annotations on the pressed flower samples date back 300 years and Jane found a way of incorporating these into her work. At the moment, seven of her paintings are available as high quality giclee prints (Nigella, Eucalyptus, Magnolia, Brassica Seed Pods, Wheat, Poppy Seed Pods 1 and Poppy Seed Pods 3), and four are available as gift cards and post cards (Nigella, Magnolia (detail), Eucalyptus and Brassica Seed Pods).
In October 2014, having just left college, Jane met the London based photographer Charlie Hopkinson who had spent a year photographing seeds at Wakehurst Place and at the EBC Collection from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Click on the link for more.
Charlie agreed to let Jane use his images as the inspiration for a series of monotypes - see section 2015/16 below. She is currently working on converting these monotypes into paintings - some examples of which can also be seen in the 2015/16 section. Jane and Charlie held a joint exhibition of their work in East Sussex in November 2015.
For the month of July 2012 and 2013 Jane studied 'life' and 'still life' drawing and painting in Florence. Some examples of her work can be seen in the Florence section below.
Please contact Jane for further information on sizes and pricing.