Jane Palmer has lived in Scotland, London and Sussex, working in higher education, in art libraries, and as a research consultant. She is now devoting her time to developing her art practice, with an emphasis on figurative work, especially portraits and life drawing.
She studies at The New School of Art and St Andrews Place Art School in Lewes, and attends master classes which have developed her expressive style and provided useful discipline. Jane also organises collaborative sessions where fellow artists work together.
Jane has degrees from Kent and Sussex in English and Art History, including a PhD on illness and medical representation. It was a labour of love which still informs her creative vision. Jane says ‘I love painting portraits and capturing those elusive moments when models forget themselves and travel somewhere else. The same with landscapes, when the light hits the horizon in the far distance – illuminating something tiny far away.’ Formative influences include Rembrandt, Gwen John, Vanessa Bell, Euan Uglow and Lucian Freud. Jane admires the work of contemporary artists including Andrew James, Michael Weller, Julia Hawkins and Nicola Maxwell-Gumbleton.