"I hold dear the words of my late father: "Learn to see beyond what you see and feel the emotion no matter what the subject, draw or photograph with that passion and in time, you will see." He was a man that understood nature and its creatures, he is my inspiration."
Janice M Lowe (AGRA), born in the late 1940s, has lived and worked in England, New Zealand, Australia, North America, South Africa, Europe and now lives in Victoria, Australia. In 2016, moving from Melbourne to a remote island farm, with her partner and cat, Jan changed her career from Engineering to Art and is now a full-time professional artist.
Her late father, a man with a passion for the planet and nature, used to say to her “learn to see beyond what you see and feel the emotion no matter what the subject, draw or photograph with that passion and in time, you will see”. He is her inspiration.
Lowe's professional focus was in the engineering sector, whilst based in North America, she studied part-time for a Degree in Fine Art. She is a continual student of art and is influenced by the works of May Whyte, Richard Hanson, Harley Brown, David Taylor, Robert Bateman, and the greats of Rembrandt, Sargeant, Vermeer, the beautiful drawing of Charles Barque and George Bridgman.
Jan Lowe has held several solo exhibitions and joint exhibitions since 2006. In 2021 she is scheduled to have two solo exhibitions in August and September with her Scratchboard and Watercolour pieces.
Jan Lowe's works are in various Australian and international organizations. She teaches classes for the art of Scratchboard as well as demos and workshops.
"Art is storytelling through paintings. In the main, the subjects are animals, sketching them in the wild, field or zoo is a wonderful challenge. It’s all about storytelling, catching the emotion, passion, and recording the moment. Art is very personal; it comes from the artist’s soul. Painting an animal is, to capture their soul and their unique personality and to interpret that to the viewer so they in turn can enjoy the creature. These animals she has studied and spent time with and either sketched or photographed on many occasions."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist