Jane's art work began early in life, and she has always been creative. Her career began to manifest at age three. The first inclination of her artistic ability came, when some of her first work appeared on the baseboard of a room in her home. The room was normally closed, except for special occasions. Needless to say: "She was most unpopular around the Ward household". Her art work continued to be misunderstood. Drawing outside the lines, adding additional subject matter, and layering colors were just not acceptable. It was several years before this became known as artistic ability.
A native Kentuckian, Jane is from Lexington. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky and did additional work at Southeast Missouri University, Cape Girardeu, Missouri, and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has studied with numerous nationally known artist including Tony Couch, Judy Waggoner, and a colleague of Grant Wood. Jane taught drawing and watercolor at the Community College in Elizabethtown in the late 1970's. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections across the United States as well as Russia, Argentina, Ireland, and Guatemala.
The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, Berea, the Kentucky Visual Arts at the Market Program, Frankfort, and the Lexington art League, Lexington Kentucky are a some organizations of which she is a member. Jane is represented by Collectors Gallery and Artique in Lexington KY, Barbara Stuart Interiors Bowling Green KY, the Gallery in Berea, Berea KY, and the Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea. She sells her work from her studio and national juries shows, several of which have been ranked in "Sunshine Artist top 100"
Reproductions became a part of her work in 1995 with three pieces being done by Color Q of Dayton Ohio. In 1998 she began using the Giclee' Process by her studio.
At present Jane is teaching a watercolor class for people who have always wanted to paint, and are now finding the time. She also tutors children in art, drawing, and painting. Several of her students have received local and state recognition.
Art is and always has been my source of peace and expression. I can never remember being not aware of my surroundings and life around me, and wanting to communicate the feelings, and all that I see to others. My expression has taken the form of drawing and painting. I get very excited thinking how a beautiful stream, sky, or flower could be painted. The past few years my medium has become watercolour. It is both challenging and humbling to use this medium successfully. Sometimes I can do this and it is very rewarding. I am grateful for the ability to share with others what I see and feel
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