Jane Kell is a colourist whose work is rooted in the tradition of realism. Her aim is to push the boundaries with colour and form to get the essential truth of the subject and achieve a semi-abstract quality in the process. Her chief subjects are landscape and still-life and as her work develops she is starting to use colour in a purely abstract way - these new paintings are on a larger scale.
Jane paints with oils ‘alla prima’ painting directly onto the canvas with no preliminary drawing. She uses Michael Harding Artist Oil colours which are handmade paints made with natural pigments and works initially with thinned down paints to map out the space, and then applies thicker impasto layers of paint to build up the painting. She enjoys the tactile, physical quality of the paint and spontaneity of this method.
She paints full-time in her home studio in Teddington, often inspired by the sights and sounds of the surrounding landscape. The effect of light on water and the colours of the evening sky are recurring themes in her work.
In 2017 she took part in an artist residency in Brittany which gave her the opportunity to work 'en plein air' for the first time, it was intimidating at first but over the course of the residency she gained in confidence and this experience has given her landscapes a looser more immediate feel. Working outside and connecting with the landscape in an immersive and direct way is something she would like to do again as it has given her a new direction in her work.