Jane Askey

Jane is British painter exploring ideas through a range of media. Jane graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a degree in Printed Textiles and subsequently worked as a freelance textile designer and lecturer. She taught and inspired university students for thirty years, combining this with a career in painting and designing. She was a full time lecturer (Scottish College of Textiles/ Heriot Watt University 15 years) and since 2006 a part-time university lecturer (Nottingham Trent University, De Montfort University, Staffordshire University, Huddersfield University, Cleveland College of Art, Northampton and University York St John).

Working outside over the years has helped her to inject more energy and spontaneity into her mark making exploring the physical quality of the medium, exploring the contrast between the gestural painterly brush marks and drawn linear elements to evoke the character and mood of a specific place. Sketching on location generates a body of references to develop back in the studio.

She explores the physical qualities of paint and the choice of media and the different handling of paint affect the approach and outcomes creating distinctive collections within the portfolio.

"Not quite knowing the outcome of each new painting is the spur that drives me to create. I feel an excitement when beginning to paint, there is an urgency to start and see where the painting process of observing, experimenting and interpreting takes me. The process also involves questioning whether I have communicated the feeling of a place or thing and I work away until I find it through the handling of the media”.