Jane Kell studied History of Art at Essex University, and afterwards worked for many years in public relations.
She started painting in 2010 and is essentially untrained - although both her parents were painters and she admits that growing up in that environment she must have absorbed something more than just the smell of turps and linseed oil. The thought of painting was always in the background, it just took a while to surface.
The final push came whilst working at the National Gallery in London as Head of Press, experiencing the collection at close quarters and spending time with the artist-in-residence just heightened the feeling that it was time for her to try her hand. She was fairly clear about how she wanted her paintings to look and only wanted paint with oils - she invested in some good paints and made a start.
From the beginning it felt very natural. Her first paintings were still-life and landscapes, influenced in particular by the work of British painters such as William Nicholson, Euan Uglow and Mary Fedden. Colour and light were her main interests then, and they remain the chief