While my past work has been profoundly influenced by the environment of the Pacific Northwest, I have a deep desire to paint non-objectively, allowing colour and mark-making to emanate from somewhere inside my body other than my conscious self. Non-objective explorations and painting expressively have cracked open the safe shell of my art-making: colour and mark emanate from somewhere inside my body other than my conscious self. This intuitive practice often seems careless and haphazard, but is actually passionate and engaging, and I am learning to let go of my analytical and judgemental thinker, at least during the painting process itself. This inner expression feels very different from the person I show to the world, but through my painting these two voices slowly merge as I become more familiar with my paintings and with myself.
Jane Kenyon is one of the most intelligent and inventive artists of this generation. She understands and explores new techniques and uses them in the service of her desired imagery. Concept, materials and technique merge together although her content always prevails. Kenyon’s mind is like a sponge and she shares her observations with the viewer through her art. Jane Sauer, Santa Fe, MN.