What brought you to Evanston?
My husband and I moved to Evanston 34 years ago. We wanted a city like feel without being in downtown Chicago.
How does your environment inform your art?
I work best when there is a lot of energy around me. So it makes sense that I like being near a big city with a diverse population..I enjoy dance, music, theatre, travel, fashion and sharing ideas. I pull from all these sources to create work .The arts community in Evanston is an amazing group of artists that are supportive and inspiring.
What is your medium?
I consider myself a painter although I use a lot of collage. I also draw and make prints. Most of my work lately is mixed media.
Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.
I play with materials and surfaces and in the process new directions and images emerge. This allows me to work with disparate ideas that evolve from personal experiences and the world around me. Through improvisation and experimentation I grab both conceptually and physically from whatever is in my path. Within the chaos, I search for a hidden order. In my studio, I attack, add, remove, destroy and rework surfaces. It is a dance where the choreography is constantly changing until the piece is completed. I am rewarded with the joy of discovery.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a series of larger canvases where I am paying more attention to open spaces and compositional choices. I am using photographs from a recent trip to New York City as collage elements and like the idea of each canvas being experiences from one day. We shall see?
Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.
That’s a hard one because there are so many artists that have influenced me. If I had to pick a group it would be the abstract expressionists with their passion, energy and freedom of application. I might single out Joan Mitchell. I stand in awe in front of her paintings. Her colors, compositions and gestural marks take my breath away.
Since high school I knew I wanted to pursue art and luckily I had two very supportive parents that encouraged me. I majored in art in college and found my passion. Through making and teaching it continues to be rewarding on so many levels. Art and the creative process is the way I respond to my world.
Listen to Jane, talk about owning the title of Artist, on the Lisa D Show