Jane works hard to make well-composed, well constructed and evocative pieces. She is a printmaker who uses a variety of printmaking methods. These include: etching using steel; drypoint using plywood, perspex and cardboard; relief printing using linocut or plywood; and collagraph using anything at all. From these she creates a matrix. This matrix is inked up and the prints pulled onto fine paper using a small hand-turned printing press.
For Jane the slowness and complexity of the hands-on processes allow for continual reassessment. Each piece starts off as a drawing which will be returned to many times as the image develops over a number of days. Jane is never quite sure where an element is going to settle and continues to shuffle things about as the matrix is created. Often an initially crowded piece will lose much of its detail as it goes along and a simplified version emerges. Finally, at the inking stage she experiments with different inks and colours until the composition is resolved.
Jane’s work is figurative but not illustrative. She is interested in conveying the self possession and strangeness of living things. Jane is endlessly absorbed by the way abstract shapes can be composed to make up a recognisable convincing form. Jane’s figures are solid not fay; her creatures would bite or peck if you cornered them.
Jane makes small editions in which no two pieces are identical.