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My name is Jane Coombs. I was born and raised in Wales. I am married to a Kiwi and we have spent our time living and working in various locations in New Zealand and the UK.
In 2019 we returned to live permanently in New Zealand, setting up home in Queenstown.
I have exhibited and sold my work to private collectors via my website, my studios in Wales and London and through commercial galleries in the UK. My work is held in private collections in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
I am primarily a landscape painter, working in the mediums of oil and acrylic ink. My creative approach is both representational and stylistic.
I have always enjoyed the freedom of the outdoors and the solitude of the countryside. I have hiked, biked and kayaked in some spectacular locations but I need to feel a true connection with a place before I feel ready to paint it. The mountains of the South Island of New Zealand and the national parks of Wales have been such places for me.
I see a special beauty in a landscape which can, against all the odds, retain a wild element. I seek to reflect what I consider to be the infinity and resilience of nature in my oil paintings, despite our lasting impact on that environment.
My time spent in London saw my art moving in a different direction as I sought to interpret the austerity and loneliness of the City. I spent days commuting to work and weekends visiting street markets. I painted what I saw out of the train window every day and graffiti became a recurring theme in my urban landscapes. I began to experiment with character drawings of the people I observed in the street markets of London and, once again, I found black acrylic ink to be a perfect medium for this series of work.
Since returning to New Zealand I have taken my time to reconnect with the country, all that I love about it and what it means to me. Once again I have turned to acrylic ink and oil as my mediums of choice. My latest series of New Zealand landscapes, are collectively entitled "Broken fences, weatherboard dreams". These works featured in my solo exhibition at Central Stories Museum and Gallery in Alexandra from October 6 to November 3, 2022.
This body of work focusses on the enduring impact we have on the rural environment. How symbols of human settlement and endeavour become imprinted upon and accepted as part of the landscape. I am interested in how our values of property ownership affect the shape of the land and my own sense of place. I find beauty and tension in the marks we leave behind us.