Mixed media artist, Jane Lawton Baldridge has a comprehensive body of work belonging conceptually and contextually to five series: 'Tides & Currents', 'Revolution', 'Reflections', 'Sail Away' and 'Erosion & Alchemy'. Her works featured here are from the latter series and reflect upon her love and respect for water. Naturally, the predominant color in these abstract works is blue, connecting the artist’s practice with an extensive legacy of artworks from antiquity to post-modernity.
Jane's works are full of life. Masterfully combined hues make up fluid compositions which like water carry the viewer's eye in a back and forth, wave-like motion across the corners of the canvas. The works have a painterly quality adding a calming effect and indeed, gazing at each canvas brings up a similar feeling of fixedly looking at the ocean which is also Jane's main inspiration.
Although her images supply the viewer with an abstract backdrop for resting their relaxing thoughts on, Jane's pieces are also an engaging attempt to bring to mind environmental issues and our species' non-reciprocal attitude towards the life-giving element of water. In her own words, "As sea levels rise and powerful storms erode the landscape, lack of moral compass erodes society." In this sense, the works in Jane Lawton Baldridge's 'Erosion & Alchemy' series can be seen as a visual metaphor for the decadent course humans have taken; far from - if not against - our own nature and our neglected responsibility toward this ecosystem which has nourished our existence.
Jane's works are rich in texture, with a winding, vibrant rhythm and reveal a remarkable talent for unapologetically blending color as well as balancing shapes in dynamic, powerful compositions that are perfectly captivating for purely aesthetic reasons, relative or not to the intended message behind them. - Circle Foundation for the Arts, Director
Click to go to Sea Stories Gallery - abstract seascapes
Click to go to Reflection Series Gallery to view artist Jane's fine art of reflections on water
I am a sea level girl. Perfection is having the bow cut through the wavelets like a hot knife through ice cream. Surrounded by diamonds, glinting off of the wrinkles on the water. Intoxicated by the fragrance of the sea breeze. Looking up at the sail trim that I believe would make Bernoulli and Newton proud.
If not scudding across the water by sail then perhaps, floating in the delicious turquoise, buoyant from the salt and the magnesium surroundings. Or, if standing toes in, forever hopeful that treasure will arrive on the next wave. When I was young and foolish I thought the highest achievement one could have was finding a perfect specimen of a Queen Conch on one’s walkabout along the shore. Now I realize that the real treasure are the small fragments of shape and color that have many more stories behind their journey.
The toll exacted for these grandiose rewards of existence can be explained in the horrific newsreels of flooding and storm damage that has become an everyday occurrence somewhere.
If you do not go out on the ocean and witness it’s power and beauty, you won’t understand the rushing water borne on a storm. Currents, tides and runoff change the land. This can manifest into the magic of an ox-bow forming in a river or a beach house undermined and falling into the ocean.
Georgia O’Keefe, Helen Frankenthaler and Judy Chicago all broke boundaries. I would like to think that I am following their lead, un-afraid.
Click to go to Revolution fine art Gallery
Click to go to Sail Away fine art Gallery
Jane has shown in Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Louvre, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia) and has a piece of art in the Library of Congress.
“Being a creative requires being somewhat fearless. Unafraid to make something new and so different no one understands what it is.” Jane was taught by John Mandel and influenced by Douglas Huebler and John Baldessari, all at Cal Arts, to never repeat what has been done, to do new art. Arthur Turner at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, taught her to try multiple mediums, to keep the creative ideas flowing.
She is a licensed boat captain and lived on a boat with her husband and their dog. They have settled in Stuart where she now has a beautiful studio. She watches how the water moves, how it sculpts shorelines as well as deposits sand or takes it away.
“I am passionate about the planet, especially the ocean, rivers and bays. I have a profound respect for the power of water and wind.”