Not too serious - Jane Donaldson
Meet Jane Donaldson, abstract artist from rural Queensland. Besides being a mother, wife and veggie patch enthusiast, Jane has recently come into her own as an impressive and upcoming artist. Her works are explosive in color and composition. Her line work; unrestricted and unpredictable.
“My till-my-dying-day love of colour and preoccupation with our internal goings on have coupled to bring me to where I am today - a painter and maker of colourful, whimsical stories dug out of my imagination, observations and musings.”
As her pieces appear as the instant outlet for her vivid imagination, texture and depth are integral in completing the vision. By cutting and collaging new facial features, such as eyes and eyelashes, with feathers and other bits and bobs, a third dimension is introduced and complements the whimsical concepts explored. With an almost child-like style and playful aesthetic, her style is whimsical and surreal.
“I've discovered that art is an antenna for feeling, it's a receptacle for memory and it's a dandelion wish for the future, and for me it's a way to explain and record what I see and feel.”
Love, attachment and relationships are the themes that reoccur in her works. Symbolism is also a consistent thread in her pieces. The use of integrating poetry and stories into her art allows her to cement her thoughts.
“The bounce and rhythm of language in my mind and the shape of words on my tongue have now become as much a part of the creative process as the painting itself; and writing has come to be an additional way to communicate my understanding of our internal processes - the thinking that comes before the doing, the feeling that happens in expectation of the action and the why, how, who and what we bind ourselves to.”
Jane has no limitations, her works are truly abstract but surprisingly there is an element of realism that can resonate with every childhood adventure. Her characters are mischievous and familiar. There is a great deal of technique in her work and by focusing on the intricate detail within expansive pieces, she allows the audience to decipher the meaning and codes.
Despite the fun, Jane is a realist. By selling high quality prints of her works she is able to circulate her art whilst still gaining the deserved price for her original pieces. Jane Donaldson’s work is welcoming, warming and honest. Her wild imagination and thoughts are shared through colour, collage and line and it’s her kind of joy that is contagious!
Keep up to date with her full of life works: http://www.janedonaldsonartgallery.com
By Lucy Murray