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By ELISSA RATLIFF
It is a truth universally acknowledged that colour can make life that extra bit better.
A splash, a dab or a giant painting can not only impact a person’s day – it can also make any room better.
Such is the case with Jane Donaldson’s artworks. Bright, vivid and captivating.
Based in Queensland, Jane finds inspiration everywhere. But she believes the real trick is being able to see it.
“Because many of my paintings centre around relationships between people and people and animals – my family and friendships and our animals provide constant snapshots of connecting and holding and tending; images from my dreams find their way into my sketchbooks; stories and snippets of phrases and words generate paintings in my mind if I sit still – learning to be in the quiet and push past the chatter to the stillness is a skill that I’m honing.”
“Words are really important – sometimes I catch phrases from songs or conversations that I listen to and collect them on my blackboard door in the studio and oh, music – the rhythm and poetry and beat flow in and around all my paintings – they affect how fast I paint and what type of brushstrokes I use.”
All of this can be seen throughout Jane’s fantastic work. Take a look:
Suprisingly, Jane only picked up her paintbrush in 2006 after her youngest daughter went to school.