The natural world is Jane Duff’s inspiration. Having been brought up on the edge of Snowdonia and working as a guide in the Himalayas, she feels at home in wild places and searches them out to walk in, photograph, sketch and paint. The solitude and peace which comes from working in such environments helps to concentrate the mind and working en plein air encourages her to react instinctively and emotionally to the landscape, weather and light and be brave with her work. She enjoys the liberating physicality of using paint on a large scale, experimenting loosely with big brushes, rags, or her hands. She paints on cliff tops, seashores, on top of mountains and moors but also appreciates the varied softer countryside of Oxfordshire . She is drawn to the wonderful open spaces , the Downs and many rivers, our wetlands and especially the rewilding projects along the Thames which are encouraging the regeneration of wildflower meadows and the return of precious wildlife. Her hope is that through her paintings she can inspire people to more appreciate and protect our natural environment from the pressures of development.
Jane studied an Arts Foundation course at Abingdon and Witney College, winning the Mary Moser prize for her paintings of Didcot Power station. The enormity of the concrete cooling towers and the turbine hall with all the accompanying metal work and pipes encouraged very large back and white paintings which were then exhibited at the Cornerstone Arts Centre.
She has exhibited regularly in Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, MOMA in Machynlleth, the Late November Gallery in Haverfordwest, The Iona House gallery, Woodstock, The O3 gallery in Oxford and her latest exhibition was entitled Wildsong - a solo show of fifty five paintings at The Northwall Arts Centre in Oxford. She is currently showing her work at the Wykeham gallery in Stockbridge. She welcomes commissions.