Jane Wallis has been a resident and painter of Northwest landscapes for more than 30 years. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Northwest Watercolor Society, Northwest Pastel Society, a Distinquished Paselist of the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and an exhibiting member of the Oil Painters of America. She has won numberous awards in competitive exhibitions throughout the United States and has been published in the Pastel Journal and the PSA Pastelogram. Her work is collected by individuals residing in many different states. Her impressionist style is distinguished by brilliant color and use of rhythmic shapes in compositions.
Painting plein-air is an important phase in my painting. Observing events that occur when standing still painting would be missed by simply photographing a promising composition and moving on. In the open landscape, curious or unthreatened wildlife join the scene, in the inhabited world, there are curious or interested people to meet. Life naturally unfolds during the moments of stillness and concentration.
I like to imagine that I am confronting this visual world like it was a symphony arranged by the light. The eye, like an intuitive ear, is turned to this world. You listen with an all absorbing emotion, allowing harmony and rhythm to permeate the senses. Using instruments of watercolor, pastel, or oil, I play out the musical score with color, contrast and gesture. I find this confrontation exhilarating and search for positive emotions, optimism and excitement within each shape and movement.
At home in my studio, my sketches, small paintings and photos from these outings are used to rekindle this initial emotion and fascination. These plein-air compositions are explored and my paintings are completed in larger scale using pastel or oil or a combination of media.