As a practising artist with over 25 years of experience, Blackmore's work is primarily inspired by the stunning and singular vistas of the Wellington hills and harbour. Characterised by emotional intensity, visitors to the gallery are struck by how her paintings announce themselves with a calm assuredness – the hallmark of an established artist who continues to grow and challenge her own artistic vision.
In an age where speed and instant gratification seem to permeate every corner of our lives, Blackmore's paintings offer a space for thoughtful reflection. "Spirituality" is a word contemporary artists and writers tend to avoid, favouring words like 'ethereal' or 'intangible' instead. Blackmore's landscapes are unashamedly spiritual. When we look at her landscapes and seascapes, we sense that we have inhabited these places, perhaps as children, perhaps in memory, or perhaps in a dream.
In equal measure to the spirituality in Jane's work is joy, and this is abundant in her series of florals. Flowers push forward from dark backgrounds, defiantly sensuous and celebrating the natural cycles of birth, growth and decay. Jane's floral works make you feel the same joy she felt when she painted them: right now, here, look.
Jane's recent work continues her exploration of colour, form, and visceral qualities of paint. Marking a shift towards more pure abstraction, we see the artist peeling back layers of representation to arrive at a mélange of colour and light. Golds, purples, and blues –there is a lush regality to these works. Like the emotive charge of her landscapes, and the visual joy of her florals, her abstractions use a visual language synonymous with an artist working at a heightened level of skill and creative expression.
"For over 25 years, I have found a passion for my artwork in nature. The paintings, whether they are the flowers, abstractions or landscapes, are predominantly about stopping and just being in the moment. I have a love for oil paint and the way it moves and glows; it is a constant fascination to me. It is this quality that pushes me to further explore colour, form and movement in all my art.
I want to capture a timeless quality in my work, something that becomes a meaningful part of your life. You will observe and engage differently every time you view it. Inhaling the beauty of something that has been created."