Biography - Jane Dickson
Jane Dickson was born in Dunnville, Ontario and grew up on the family farm. She is a self-taught, mixed media artist who, in her late forties, discovered her love for intuitive painting while living on the west coast of Canada.
Although she hails from a family of artisans, makers, and musicians, she believes that grief was the catalyst for her own artistic awakening. With a lifelong interest in the natural health field, Jane was surprised when her passion turned to the arts, after the passing of her parents. She believes that art transformed her life and is now an advocate of the healing power of creative expression.
After more than a dozen years in British Columbia, Jane returned to the Niagara Peninsula where she maintains a studio practice and compiles an ongoing series of magazines featuring her work. She also enjoys participating in live painting events and offers Art From Your Heart painting playshops, and private sessions.
Janes's award-winning art has been included in juried shows such as Pelham Art Festival and Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, and has been featured in ArtAscent Journal. Her work can be found in local galleries and in private collections internationally.
When not immersed in art-making she delights in discovering and photographing the faces she finds in Nature. Jane currently lives in Grimsby, Ontario with her husband, Robert, a soap-maker.
I believe the intuitive painting process is an ongoing collaboration with invisible realms. Dreams, guides, imagination, shamanic journeys, memories, synchronicities, visions, and more blend together to play a part in the finished piece of work.
My art is not a replication of what is seen, but rather a revelation and unveiling of that which is ordinarily not seen.
A curious nature, a lifelong search for the truth, a background in holistic health, ongoing energy work, and an interest in the metaphysical are some of the things that inform my work and form the foundation of my offerings.
Although my art is not pre-planned, I do set an intention to allow my work to be created for the greater good and guided by benevolent forces to:
• delight and inspire
• revive our capacity for joy
• provide some food for thought
• restore our belief in the magic of life
• remind us of our divine nature and unlimited potential
Since my first encounter with intuitive painting, I have been awed by this magical process. The mystery and anticipation of the next painting is my inspiration. I can't wait to start a new piece to see what the layers of paint will reveal. I also find and photograph Nature Spirits - the faces and anthropomorphic animals I see in tree bark and clouds - and this fascination has also, to some extent, influenced my art.
I work to create a base with acrylic paint and/or acrylic ink, layering, mark-making and playing with colour until something recognizable begins to appear. When the abstract background begins to give hints of a face or figure, I feel compelled to develop what I see.
Using a variety of media, the details of the story unfolds. I feel as if my hand is guided as the narrative takes form, and I am led by mysterious forces that have a message to share. By allowing my art to flow, uncensored, I have experienced the most amazing insights and synchronicities.
Ultimately, my mission is to enchant and inspire people of all ages with my work. I title each piece and occasionally write poems to accompany a painting, but I really want the viewer to find their own connection to my art and experience their own insights and epiphanies. I'm always thrilled to hear when others have found meaningful messages in my work and truly hope that you will find a magical painted story that speaks to you.
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Although art did not find me until later in life, I did come across this photo of me painting as a young girl. I was surprised to see it because I had no recollection of that day. However, my dear Aunt Marjory was an oil painter and she must have set this easel up for me to paint among the trees, on our family farm.