Marks. Textures. Light. Movement. Layers of value pushed, scraped, and dabbed over initial blocked-in hues. Shapes created with flat metal tools define pieces of the whole. Your eye completes the image. Jane f. Newman, creates canvases focusing on the interaction of shape against shape, value against value, and how the Light defines the shadow, each producing vibrations on the surfaces.
Utilizing layers of underpainting to create surface texture, Newman’s style uses untraditional tools beyond the paint brush. By using flat metal objects of varying sizes, shapes, and designs, Newman creates images using acrylic paint that simultaneously can be viewed as abstract and hyperrealism depending on the viewers position. She explains, “I begin by blocking in the masses of value in bright colors to be used like a map to then build layers allowing the underpainting to peak through, refining details as the painting progresses.”
Jane has a BFA degree from the University of Memphis. Her work is represented by Reflections Gallery and Bud Floral & Home. Her work has been accepted to local juried exhibitions with Arts @ Erlanger in Chattanooga, TN, as well as regionally in the McGee Tyson Airport, Arts in the Airport in Knoxville, TN. BookMarks #10 has been selected as part of the National Juried Exhibition of 2021 through the Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance. Ms. Newman teaches art lessons in after-school programs for at-risk children, and private lessons in painting and drawing. Jane has two adult children, and she and her husband reside in Ooltewah, TN.
My canvases are layers of paint and texture exploration. Each a discovery that leads to a new revelation about the creative process. Line, shape, color, and texture created by dramatic lighting inspire my impulse to capture a composition. The challenge of combining subtle value progression, and the unpredictable marks of the painting tools fuel my obsession for making art. My goal is to restore a beginner mind during the adventure. A return to the basics. An “art elemental” pilgrimage.