Jane Casner Mothersill
I would describe my art as "inspired realism." While it is unequivocally representational, I work to convey broader messages in its execution -seeking to elicit emotional and intellectual responses from the viewer. Concepts such as truth, beauty, and conflict, as well as temporal and cultural elements, underpin my work, which encompasses oil, pastel, charcoal, mixed media paintings, and terra cotta and bronze sculpture.
While always having a keen interest in international cultures and art, my development as a practicing artist has been inexorably tied to my life arc and experiences. After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in humanities and international affairs, I moved to the Philippines where I began pursuing Chinese brush painting. Upon my return to the US, I studied painting, drawing and sculpture full time at the Art Students League of New York and, subsequently, was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy - where I received an MFA in studio art in 1990. My education has also included studying with a wide range of practicing artists, both in the US during the 1980s and thereafter in France after I relocated to Tokyo and Hong Kong to live from 1990 to 2005.
I have participated in over 35 exhibitions in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, France and the Philippines, including 10 solo shows, and have received numerous awards for my work.
I reside full time at Sea Ranch, CA where my principal studio is located, but also spend summers painting in the Loire Valley in France – where I have maintained a home and studio for 30 years in a small village with a significant international artist population.
For me, creation is both an emotional and technical exercise. I paint what I love or am drawn to – whether it be landscape, still life or figurative work. But, having been classically trained in art history, composition/drawing, media/color, and old master techniques/methods, I also work to apply a rigorous framework in completing my subjects – with a goal of producing work that is both fresh and timeless.
Living on the Sonoma coast is a blessing both personally and artistically. I am passionate about exploring this incredible environment we share whether hiking, biking, or painting – and profit every day from the incredible visual bounty that nature provides. At the same time, I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of our inclusive, supportive and vibrant artistic community. What an enviable place to be an artist!
Please come visit my studio during the Studio Discovery Tour! I would look forward to meeting you!
Directions to Studio #5 at 125 Headlands Close, The Sea Ranch: From Gualala, head south on Highway 1 for about 5.5 miles and turn left (east) onto Headland Close. The house is on the left. Please park on the street.
Studio Tour Hours:
August 26 & 27 September 2-3
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
My studio will be closed on Labor Day Monday
My studio is also open year-round by appointment.