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My name is Jane Coombs. I was born in Newport, South Wales and grew up close by in a town called Barry. I am married to a Kiwi. I have spent most of my adult life living in Christchurch, New Zealand, London, England and more latterly in my hometown of Barry. However, at the start of 2018 my husband and I returned to live permanently in New Zealand and we have set up our new home in Queenstown.
About my art
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 National parks of Wales and even London have been such places for me. More recently the New Zealand landscape is once again proving to be my source of inspiration. 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 and the lonlieness and chaos of the City in my ink drawings.
I find that I focus in on recurring themes, shapes and patterns which capture the essence of what a place means to me. This often means that I work in series with multiple paintings being produced before I feel satisfied with my exploration of the subject matter. I paint almost exclusively in oil which I find to have wonderful sculptural and textural qualities. Most recently I have completed a series of regional paintings which serve to interpet the intrusive marks we often leave on the landscape.