Jane Skingley paints seascapes and landscapes on oil. She started to exhibit professionally only in recent years as interest in her work has grown. Her first exhibition was a sell out and since then she has gone from strength to strength exhibiting in galleries and art shows all over the country. In 2008,9 and 10 her work was selected from a long list of hopefuls to be exhibited at the summer season at the prestigious Glyndebourne opera house. She was a demonstrating artist at Art in Action 2010 and has exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition.
Jane’s mainly large scale paintings focus on the mood evoked by the sea. She says: “I spent much of my childhood sailing around the British coast which remains my inspiration. I now enjoy pottering by the sea with my children, crabbing, rock pooling and making sandcastles at our family beach hut in the Witterings or indeed anywhere by the sea.
I am interested in the emotional response we get from a visit to the seaside, whether on a summer’s day or during a storm. We are drawn to its power and tranquillity and few of us are unaffected by it.
I particularly love the colours of the coastline from vibrant blues to chill greens and estuary greys. I often work on a scene over and over again interpreting it slightly differently each time with subtle changes of colour and mood.
Jane’s paintings are notable in the way they capture the energy and power of the elements. Her style is free and her paintings brave, often simply featuring just the sea and sky, no other subject. Sometimes headlands or rocks are included as well as acres of wet sand.
She works in the studio from photographs and sketches taken during trips and holidays. Working in oils, Jane builds up layers of colour to achieve richness and depth. The paintings are produced instinctively evoking mood and atmosphere rather than a search for realism. Paint is applied by brush, hand, palette knife and even by flicking and each painting takes weeks to complete all the layers.
Jane is artist in residence at Thorngrove School, Berkshire.
Jane Skingley's CV
Dec 2010 Wiltshire Art Fair
Nov 2010 Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries
Summer 2010 Corte Real Gallery, Algarve, Portugal
July 2010 Art in Action
July 2010 Henley Festival
Summer 2010 Glyndebourne, Lewes, E Sussex
May 2010 Kent and Sussex Art Fair
May 2010 Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
April 2010 Chelsea Art Fair, London
April 2010 Brownston Gallery, Devon
March 2010 Bury St, St James’s, London (Solo Exhibition)
March 2010 Affordable Art Fair, London
Nov 2009 Art Room Gallery, Cheshire
Nov 2009 Northern Art Fair
Oct 2009 Hampshire Art Fair, Winchester
Summer 2009 Glyndebourne, Lewes, E. Sussex
August 2009 Brownston Gallery, Devon
June 2009 Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
June 2009 Hackwood Art Fair, Hampshire
May 2009 West Berkshire Hospital
May 2009 Kent & Sussex Art Fair
May 2009 Bristol Affordable Art Fair
April 2009 Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold
March 2009 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Feb 2009 Bury St, St James’s, London (Solo Exhibition)
Nov 2008 Serena Hall Gallery, Southwold
Nov 2008 Hampshire Art Fair, Winchester
July 2008 ‘Around the Sea’, Brownston Gallery, Devon(Solo Exhibition)
Jun 2008 Cambridge Art Fair
May-Oct 2008 Glyndebourne Opera House
May 2008 Bristol Affordable Art Fair
Kent and Sussex Art Fair
March 2008 Affordable Art Fair, London
Northern Art Fair
Dec 2007 Christmas Exhibition Brownston Gallery, Devon
Nov 2007 Hampshire Art Fair Winchester
Oct 2007 Lennox Gallery, London, SW6
Aug 2007 Rising Tides Exhibition at The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon
Jun 2007 Open Studios, New Greenham Arts, Berkshire
May 2007 Spring Exhibition at Heron Fine Art, Berkshire
Pastoral exhibition at the Corn Exchange, Newbury
Early and Late Exhibition, Newbury Museum, Newbury
Mar 2007 Carina Haslam Fine Art at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea
The Smithfield Gallery, London
Nov 2006 Jane Skingley and Nick Leigh Autumn Exhibition, Wasing Pavilion, Berkshire
Hampshire Art Fair, nr. Winchester, Hampshire
"Artist’s paintings selected for Glyndebourne season" – Newbury Weekly News – 8th May 2008
"Evoking mood and atmosphere" – double page spread in Muse Magazine – August 2008
"From the sea to Glyndebourne" – Berkshire Life magazine – August 2008