Mixed Media; 2012
JANE MORRISON is a Painter and Portrait Artist, specializing in individual and family portraits. Her work is influenced by her travels to foreign countries, and the many years she lived in Greece. Her murals, seascapes, and portraits of the local people hang in the pensions and harbor cafes in the island of Mykonos. Jane also draws caricatures at craft and country fairs, parties, and other special events.
I've heard it said, that the two most important things in life are love and work. For me, both these things began at home. I painted my family, our house shaded by apples trees, rose-colored sunsets, and made my siblings sit for hours while I sketched their portraits. All of life a magnificent work of art that I sought to capture in brilliant colors.
Later in life, my travels as an artist led me to exotic lands; South America, the Caribbean, and the Greek Islands. My art absorbed and reflected all of my living- the excitement and chaos, courage and risk, loneliness, and light.
My work is inspired and influenced by other artists. I continually study and contemplate their work. Now, I can glue a pair of dice into the wet paint of a golden sun, write the Greek alphabet across a purple sky, and hang pink ribbons from the end of the Omega.
Love and work. Work and Love. I am grateful I still have these.
B.A. Studio Art; Smith College;1988. M.A. Theology and the Arts; Pacific School of Religion;1998. Mass.Teacher's Certification; Visual Arts; Westfield State College; 2001. Elementary Art Teacher; Westfield Public Schools; 2003-2009. Caricature and Portrait Artist; Town and Country Fairs, Parties, Special Events; 1985-present. Artist/Teacher; Greek Island of Mykonos;1988-2009. Shipboard Artist/Greek Cruise Lines;1988-1995.