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 fifteen years ago, 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 -- a painterly examination of clouds and light -- a continuation of the series begun on the Oregon coast, only in oils and infuenced now by the quality of light in Hawaii.
My current work is light-hearted, exploratory and child-like in nature. I seem to be wanting to return to those early days in kindergarten! I am blessed to get to dip brush into paint and dab it on canvas, every day of my life, if I so wish.
Painting is my path. It informs and guides me.