about charlotte jane
In this crazy over-filled world an older, a deeper part of us yearns for meaning, peace and solace.
Home is Lincolnshire, just outside the city centre where the fields open up and the skies get wide. My garden studio found me after twenty years away, when I was drawn back to return to my roots ‘Up North’.
From here I paint and research, diving into the wisdom of nature and the feminine. I’m constantly exhilarated by the call to create visual landscapes from my heart, from a place of gratitude that asks me to live every day as if in prayer.
Art is a way to make deep connection and quench the soul. To forge that way means exploring themes of fragmentation, alienation and disconnection as well as those of sisterhood, empowerment and enchantment. Out of the shadows dawns fresh light on the subject of reconciliation, our relationship with the world and the rites of passage which accompany being human.
When you buy my work you are supporting my work as an artist to spread the gift of love, sisterhood, nature's wisdom and movement towards becoming a 'Restorer Species'. (Barbera Marx Hubbard)
My way of saying thanks to you is to embody my promise to move towards being a Restorer Species and I make a regular gift donation to a UK organisation called Tree Sisters. (You can find out more about how they Re-Robe the tropics here.)
I am hugely grateful to my followers and those who buy my work!
From the elaborate and heroic lives of bumbling insects to dark forests enveloping me in mysterious feminine softness, my brushstrokes move to the rhythm of nature’s metaphors and symbols. The whole cycle of life and death and rebirth. In all its unpretentious, interwoven complexity I am inspired by.
I walk out to the fields and woods regularly to listen to my imagination, breath in fresh air and refocus on the beautiful simplicity of nature around me. My studio is full of collected treasures that may one day make it into paintings!
Art brings healing. It fills me with awe to discover that some of my pieces can bring relief and transforming self-revelation to other people. Most of all I love meeting customers face to face and hearing how my work inspires them or reconnects them to something they cherish, be that a memory and or mind state.
"It was love at first sight for me. I visited Charlotte's studio and couldn't take my eyes off the Long Ladies, then she approached me with much warmth and kindness and we talked about poetry, art and many other things. Being in her studio space surrounded by her beautiful and dream like artworks sparked so much joy, hope and inspiration in me. I bought two pieces which I cherish with all my heart" - Tanaz Assefi, London.
I have had people write me letters or emails, people across the other side of the world, who receive my work as gifts. It is always so uplifting to hear that my paintings which I infuse with love and grace impact on others in the way I hold space for. Hear a Canadian client’s touching story about looking at ‘Listen to the Moon’ below.
... is best found hiding within my work. For the still curious, being a full-time artist came a while after gaining a BA Hons in Fine Art. But my degree studies on memory and the human body led to a Masters and becoming an Art Psychotherapist.
After a decade in the visceral world of non-statutory mental health and drug services as an art therapist, in 2011 I responded to an inner call to work purely as an artist.
Commissions have ranged from murals to book illustration, along with portraits and a series for a skin clinic. Originals of my work can be found across the globe and you may see ranges of my work as cards in discerning outlets! Outside of my art, I love to write poetry, garden and walk in nature. I am constantly grateful.
I aspire to 'See the reality. Reality is more beautiful than anything you have ever imagined' - Prem Rawat.
Galleries and the media can find a full biography and exhibition list soon, here.
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