Hello, I’m Jane Tomlinson. I make art inspired by wondrous things from the natural world. I love colour and careful drawing. And I’m unfeasibly fond of maps.
About the artist
I was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and travelled widely before coming to study Art and Art History in Oxford, later settling in Oxfordshire. At college I worked in drawing and dry media, printmaking and paperworks, but never in paint. I taught myself to paint much later.
My ‘natural’ medium is watercolour, but I also use acrylics, acrylic inks, and printmaking using the drypoint technique. Recently I have been drawing and painting maps. Accurate drawing and vibrant colour are the cornerstones of my work. I especially admire van Gogh, Gauguin, Hockney, Matisse, and 17th century Dutch and Flemish artists.
I am endlessly fascinated by the natural world, science and history. I am an obsessive traveller, and what I encounter when I’m out and about in the world frequently inspires my art. But there is plenty of inspiration at home in England and rural west Oxfordshire especially.
As well as being an artist, I work in marketing and communications. During my varied career I have worked for charities, in education, and in the private sector. Memorable jobs include: horseback cattle-musterer, petrol pump attendant, and life drawing teacher. I am married to wildlife photographer Moth Clark. I have a grown-up daughter and son, a step-son, and two awesome cats, Skipper and Officer Dibble.
“Jane has, over the years, produced a body of the most life affirming, colourful and magical contemporary art around. Scenes and depictions of subjects, mostly drawn from the natural world, occupy a beguiling hinterland between realism and the magical and as such, bestride detailed observation and whimsical imagination with delightful results.
There’s humour present, especially in Jane’s detailed but almost otherworldly maps of places that offer an unfamiliar view of the familiar.”
Photographer and art lover, Manchester, UK
Would you like a unique, original painting made as a precious gift to mark a special occasion? Or perhaps you have a particular wall space at home or in the office that seems empty?
A commission costs much less than you think, and the pleasure of having something made especially for you will last a lifetime.
Get in touch with me to discuss what you want; the subject matter, the reasons why you want it, the colours, the dimensions, the medium you’d prefer, who it’s for and as well as deadlines. I can organise framing for you, then all you have to do is give it (or keep it!), it hang it, enjoy it.
Commissions typically cost anywhere between £150 to £500 depending on complexity, size, time taken and so on. Tell me what your budget is and I’ll let you know what’s possible.Find out more about commissions
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I exhibit my work only a few times each year.
I show paintings in the Bartholomew Room in Eynsham Market Square a few times a year as part of the Eynsham Arts Group exhibition series. My main show each year is for Artweeks, Oxfordshire’s annual visual arts festival. I have exhibited in West Oxfordshire for Artweeks every year but one since 1999.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, Artweeks was entirely a ‘virtual’ festival. You can see my online exhibition here.See online exhibition now
Pandemic-permitting, I plan to host a physical exhibition at my home in Freeland, West Oxfordshire, on Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May 2021. I will be showing my work alongside my brother Paul’s exquisite drawings of townscapes and the built environment.
My exhibition space is a large, light and airy conservatory with two doors. You can enter by the front door, and exit at the back into my fabulous garden in which you can linger quite safely.
Measures to keep guests Covid safe will be in place. Hand sanitiser will be available, and visitors should wear a face covering while in the exhibition space. Guests are asked to keep their distance from each other.
“I was so fortunate a few years ago to meet Jane during Artweeks. Jane’s art is amazing. She puts her whole self into her work, but mostly her heart. In her work you see her vibrant, astounding love of life. It is fulfilled with a wondrous imagination and an incredible amount of detail.” – DiAnne Perkins, Texas