Jane Dickson, was born in the sixties and raised on the family farm in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. She is a self-taught mixed media artist who discovered her passion for intuitive painting while living in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
Although she hails from a family of makers and musicians, she believes that grief was the catalyst for her own artistic awakening. With a background in the natural health field, Jane was surprised when her interest turned to the arts after the passing of her parents. Immersing herself in art-making transformed her life, and she is now an advocate of the healing power of creative expression.
After more than a decade on the west coast, Jane returned to the Niagara Peninsula, where she enjoys a full-time studio practice. Her art has been included in juried shows such as Pelham Art Festival and Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and featured in ArtAscent Journal. Jane's work is available in local and online galleries and can be found in private collections in Canada, United States, and Mexico.
When not painting, she writes poetry and delights in discovering and photographing the faces she finds in Nature. Jane currently lives in Grimsby, Ontario, with her husband Robert, owner of Arrowsmith Soap.
I believe intuitive painting is a process of collaborating with invisible realms. Dreams, imagination, guides, journeys, memories, synchronicities, visions, a sixth sense and more play a part, as the piece unfolds.
My art is not a replication of that which is seen,
but rather a revelation of that which is ordinarily not seen.
My lifelong curiosity, a background in natural healing, and a fascination with all things mystical undoubtedly play a role in the creation of my art.
Since my first encounter with intuitive painting, I have been awed by this magical process. The mystery and anticipation of what the next painting will reveal is my inspiration.
I start by creating a base with acrylic paint and/or acrylic ink, layering, mark making and playing with colour until something recognizable appears. When the abstract background give hints of a face or figure, I feel drawn to develop what I see.
Using a variety of media, the details of the story unfolds. Often, I feel as if my hand is guided as the narrative takes form, and I am lead by mysterious forces that have a message to share. By allowing my art to flow, uncensored, I have experienced amazing insights and synchronicities.
Ultimately, my desire is to enchant and inspire people of all ages with my work. I title each piece and write poems to accompany some of the paintings. What I really want though, is for 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. I hope that you find a painted story that speaks to you.
I also find and photograph Nature Spirits - the faces and anthropomorphic animals I see in tree bark, clouds, fire. Some of these images can be seen here.
Although art-making did not find me again 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.