"As a painter and a glassworker, I have long been fascinated by the properties of transparency, translucence and reflection, and interpretations of these qualities always find their way into my work. Whether water, glass, metal or sunlight streaming through a windowpane; all of these draw my attention and require that I render them in a dynamic and expressive manner. Colour and form, and especially contrast, are the tools I prefer to portray these elusive properties.
In my most recent paintings in acrylic on canvas, the study of water characterizes my work. Water moving, and water still; water free to choose its own path, and water imprisoned in containers: all of these variations are the many guises in which water presents itself. A transparent medium that can assume any colour, that can move in different ways, that changes and distorts its surroundings, that transforms itself from liquid to vapour and to solid—all these wonderful qualities make it a fascinating subject.
But beyond expressionistic rendition, my work expresses the interaction between human endeavour and the natural world, and the constant friction between natural beauty and the constructed environment. Capturing the occasional intersection between these produces iconic images that are meant to convey feelings of deep peace and satisfaction. My recent return to the Niagara peninsula has inspired me with the beauty of the countryside, and the many venerable man-made structures that distinguish this area".
Artist Website – www.janemarshallart.ca