I see myself as a post impressionist figurative
painter, who tries to create a balance between
abstraction and realism. My subject matter varies
and I enjoy painting in all media.
As a child, I was encouraged by my father, who worked in Pastels, to Draw, Paint and to see Colour. However, I was not encouraged to take up art as a career. Instead I read agriculture and later Human Nutrition. These qualifications took me to work in Africa and the South Pacific, so it is not surprising that I have an interest in things tropical and rural, and that Gauguin has been a big influence in my use of colour.
I also admired the Scottish Colourists and to some extent the Fauves. Colour is what usually attracts me to a subject, but on the other hand, it may be an underlying idea or the depiction of something foreign that catches my imagination. I may exaggerate the colour, but still aim to convey a feeling of the place.
Although I used to prefer Oils, which I first tried in Uganda, I now enjoy slow drying Acrylics. When living in Singapore, I had the chance to attend the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art for a few months and at the same time to learn to do Batik paintings. Later, I exhibited with the Batik Guild in London and spent two weeks teaching Batik to the Bushmen in the Kalahari desert. Not only have my husband and I lived and worked abroad, we have also travelled fairly extensively. All of which has fed my visual experience. Wherever we have lived, I have been lucky to find good Art groups and tutors, as well as, opportunities to exhibit my work.
I am currently a Member of the Ipswich Art Society, the Southwold Art Circle and one of the Five Blyth Painters and exhibit with all of them. I have twice been a finalist in the over 60s Art Awards at their London exhibition. Wide exposure overseas, means that my Paintings have been purchased by buyers from Russia, USA New Zealand and Europe.
Jane Pollock is taking part in the Suffolk Open Studios 2012. The event starts with a general exhibiton of all artists work at Blackthorpe Barn in Suffolk , (just off the A14 south of Bury St Edmunds). The exhibition is open from 26th May until 4th Jiune inclusive.
My studio at home,- Almond Tree Cottage, The Street, Easton, Woodbridge, IP13 0ED;
will be open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays - 2nd/3rd; 8th /9th. 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd, from 11.00 am to 5.00pm.
(Easton is close to Wickham Market off the A12 . There should be posters to direct people from the Wickham Market roundabout. Make your way to the village and the house is just before the White Horse Pub and the Church.