The first time I dabbed a brush full of tempera paint onto newsprint in kindergarten, I was hooked. In college I was overjoyed to learn I could forgo academics and choose painting as my major. What luck!
My work received wide exposure for many years in galleries and museums throughout Oregon and Washington. These were primarily coastal landscapes and sunsets in soft pastel and acrylic and may be found in private collections throughout the world, under the name of Jane Luana Stauffer.
Upon moving to Hawaii Island in 2000, I responded to its profound spiritual emanations by diving more deeply into my own personal journey (illustrated in the Journey to Self gallery). These paintings appeared rather magically on my canvas, like dreams coming into focus. Each contained layers of information for me and, often, healing.
The Cloud Studies followed (2007-10)-- a painterly examination of clouds and light -- a continuation of the series begun on the Oregon coast, only in oils and influenced now by the quality of light in Hawaii.
After the serious pursuit of clouds, I wanted to have more fun with my art, and allowed light-hearted compositions to form, favoring birds, flowers and odd-looking characters. Wanting more texture in my art, I turned to palette knives and developed a more primitive style.
In 2016, "home" called, and we returned to the Northwest. Wanting to try something new, I discovered Paperclay, and learned how it can be applied to canvas to add dimension to your work. It dries permanent and rock-hard, and gives an intriguing sculptural quality to paintings. The work is small-scale and is about the birds and flowers in my garden. I've also translated some of my favorite images from Hawaii into small clay works. It is light-hearted, exploratory and child-like in nature, and, really, just about joy.
What luck to get to dip brush into paint and dab it on canvas, whenever I want. Painting is definitely my path.