Memphis artist, Jane Eveland, says she has always painted. Growing up in a family that liked to draw and paint, her earliest memories are of paint and crayons and drawing paper, "which", she says, "is a realistic beginning. Artists paint because they want to paint. We are not always inspired and we don't always like what we have painted. Still, inspiration and accomplishment do come often enough to keep us before our easels. That's where it happens...when it does."
An abstract impressionist, she has painted with acrylics for the past twenty years. She says acrylics suit her personality because of their versatility. "I can work fast, piling on paint, or slowly and deliberately, applying washes and dry brushings. Their very newness makes them an adventure in experimentation and creativity."
A former teacher and graduate from the University of Memphis, she has studied privately with local artists and recently attended the Scottsdale School for Artist. She believes her natural appreciation and love of art were strongly nourished during her early years at the Memphis Art Academy's Saturday classes for children.
Eveland says she likes to paint flowers and landscapes because of the freedom she can take with form and color. "I think color affects us. It's this 'affecting' that makes us connect with certain paintings. A painting that affects us goes home with us, sometimes in our hands but always in our heads."
A Signataure Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, she can be contacted at her studio for private showings and commissions.