We have received some wonderful words of appreciation from people who knew Jane as an artist and a friend. We will be publishing a selection from those below. If you would like to add or change anything please send an email to Richard (brother-in-law).
Jane was my first Chinese Brush Painting Tutor in 2003 , shortly after my stroke. She was so patient with me and inspiring, had it not been for her, I would not have recovered as well as I did. She was also such fun and laughter to be with . I have never stopped Chinese Brush Painting, I think about her every time I do and always will.Stephanie Morris
I’ve known Jane for a long time being my first Chinese Brush Painting teacher at the Connaught Centre, then attended various classes and work shops through the years.
Jane was a lovely, kind, inspiring and wonderful teacher. We’ll miss her a lot.Chusri Cox
I am a member of the Chinese Brush Painting Society and met Jane a few times while attending Qu Lei Lei’s courses at Great Missenden. Her sourcebook was a great help and inspiration when I first started Chinese brush painting. In fact it was was one of the first books I ever bought on the subject. Clearly she was was very talented and I would love to have the opportunity to come to her Memorial Exhibition.Stephanie Hitchins
She definitely, and swiftly, found a way into my heart – she was such a warm, generous and humorous soul, and far too modest about her prodigious talent. It was a complete joy to do the [Open House] demos with her and to spend a couple of great ‘art’ sessions at her home.Kate Osborne
Jane and I did Batik together for many years and she was pleased to join The Batik Guild when Jeni Sharpstone and I suggested it. We led workshops, organised exhibitions and went to many events together in Worthing, London, Bath and Brighton and Hove.
She was the first winner of the prestigious award the Thetis Blacker Temenos Award and studied batik in Indonesia with the prize money and then gave an enthralling talk about her findings at The Temenos Academy. She was a true friend and gave a lot to The Batik Guild.
…Jane was a talented and dedicated long term member of The Batik Guild who always played an active part, undertaking her role as Area representative for the South extremely conscientiously. She was warm, generous, very creative and fun to be with.
…I enjoyed her company and particularly loved listening to her fascinating stories of the adventures and travels she had been on.
…Jane was a lovely, witty, talented lady with a generous nature and we will all certainly miss her.
…Jane was such a special person, extremely talented, fun and with a generosity of spirit that showed through at the Batik weekends and get togethers I was lucky to attend. It was an absolute privilege to know her.
…We lost another Great Person! friend! And Artist!thoughts gathered by Jenn Adamson from The Batik Guild
Jane has been an important part of my life for a long time; a first class tutor and a beautiful friend. I feel privileged to have known her.
It was one Saturday in the late ‘90’s when I attended my first Chinese brush painting lesson in Worthing. I was only in my 20’s and the youngest in the class. Chinese brush painting was more difficult than I expected. Jane gave me so much of her precious time, she was patient and encouraging. Her talent, enthusiasm and wit was inspiring. Her lessons were addictive, I become one of her ‘permanent’ students. Jane was a joy to be around, always smiling. If one had had a bad day or week, a Chinese brush painting lesson with Jane made everything all right.
Jane was very humble and modest about her talent. She could paint any subject with great qi. My particular favourite are her freestyle (xieyi) Peonies, Jane’s brush seemed to dance across the paper. Jane would have probably said she prefers to paint birds. Her chicken paintings make me smile, the birds are so expressive. In my opinion her work is good enough to hang in the likes of the Ashmolean. My first visit to The Khoan and Michael Sullivan gallery at the Ashmolean was with Jane. She made the perfect guide, so knowledgeable.
I hope Jane knew how loved and appreciated she was. This is certainly shown by the incredible amount of money raised from the sale of her paintings, at her memorial fundraising exhibition. This poignantly took place on what would have been her birthday. The books that she wrote, and her paintings I bought from that sale will forever inspire me.
I treasure the notes she wrote to me; especially those from when she was really too ill to reply back, yet she still did.
I raise a glass (of the cote du Rhone, Jane designed the label for) to our wonderful Jane. She will be missed by many.
Karen Harvey, Durrington class
Jane was a lovely lady and artist and will be greatly missed.
Barbara Coulson artprofile.co.uk
Jane was an extremely talented artist among other things and we know that she will be missed by many, many people.
Ann and Ken Norman