Jane Lawton Baldridge
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Jane Lawton Baldridge, ASMA, NAWA
“I have had a fascination, maybe an obsession, with water for as long as I remember. I prefer to be in it, if not in than on and failing that, let me stare at it. Watching my childhood sand castles fall to the continued impertinent rolling in of waves and tide captivated me. It was but a miniature version of what happens all around the globe.”
Jane grew up sailing on the coast of Texas. She studied art California Institute of Art (Valencia, CA) and continued on to the Alfred G. Glassel Museum School (Houston, TX).
“Being a creative requires being somewhat fearless. Unafraid to make something new and so different no one understands what it is.” Jane was taught by John Mandel and influenced by Douglas Huebler and John Baldessari, all at Cal Arts, to never repeat what has been done, to do new art. Arthur Turner at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, taught her to try multiple mediums to keep creative ideas flowing.
Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous solo and juried exhibitions including locations such as Times Square, Musée du Louvre, Lincoln Center, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia) and her 911 tribute, “We the People,” is in the Library of Congress. She has won competitions at both local and international levels.
Jane's newest works are represented in the Reflection, Erosion and Alchemy series. Although she has painted moving water for decades using various media, these current paintings are the closest she has come to eliciting the paint to tell her story. Primarily a painter, Jane also likes to use a varied mixture of pencil, charcoal, acrylics, latex, glazes, inks, watercolor and digital. "I have built my process and materials on what I have learned and explored over the decades."
She is a licensed boat captain and has lived on a boat with her husband and their dog. They have settled in Stuart where she now has a beautiful studio. Jane has an obsession for water and watches how it moves and how it sculpts shorelines. “I am passionate about the planet, especially the ocean, rivers and bays. I have a profound respect for the power of water and wind.”