J a n e B l u n d e l l
My art inspiration and ideas come largely from the natural world – flowers, trees, rocks, people and landscapes – and I prefer to work from life. I enjoy the challenges of abstraction and incorporate abstracted backgrounds and features into many of my paintings.
My work covers a range of media – watercolour, pen and ink, collage, pastels, acrylic, oils and etching – often incorporating several into a single work. Of all these media, my favourite is watercolour, which I have been exploring for over 30 years. It is a remarkable medium that allows the qualities of the pigments to become an integral part of the painting, rather than just the addition of colour. I am constantly searching for new ways to incorporate watercolours and watercolour techniques into my art, including recent works with watercolour on canvas.
Born in Tasmania, Jane Blundell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from City Art Institute, Sydney College of Advanced Education, majoring in etching, drawing and painting, and a Graduate Diploma of Art Education, Sydney College of Advanced Education, having graduated with Distinction.
She then taught in secondary schools in Melbourne and Sydney for a number of years before moving to the USA and, subsequently, to Singapore.
In Singapore, Jane spent many hours in the Botanic Garden making sketches of orchids and lilies, which later featured in her ‘Flower’ series. It was in Singapore that she held her first solo exhibition at Chateau d’Arts (2002) and illustrated a children’s story by Steve Stine entitled Kayla & the Magical Tree.
Since her return to Sydney in 2003, Blundell has had solo exhibitions, and participated in several group exhibitions with the Lane Cove Art Society and Ku-ring-gai Art Society, including at Lane Cove Music and Cultural Centre 2005) and Morrisons Mercedes (2009), while continuing to teach watercolour and drawing. She regularly presents seminars, demonstrations and workshops to art societies. Her recent paintings include a series on the Gymea Lily as well as Water – Paper – Rock, based on sandstone rock forms in and around Sydney.
Among her awards is the Ford Land Company Art Prize (2007), the Watercolour Prize, ArtXtra, Gallery Lane Cove (2013), the Ku-ring-gai Art Society Silver Jubilee award (best of show) and the Lane Cove Art Society Lloyd Rees Prize (best of show).
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2011, Blundell is a member of the Lane Cove Art Society, an exhibiting member of the Ku-ring-gai Art Society and a member of Urban Sketchers.