Jane Kell started painting in 2010 and is essentially untrained – although both her parents were painters and she admits that growing up in that environment she must have absorbed something more than just the smell of turps and linseed oil. “The thought of painting was always in the background, it just took a while to surface.”
She has a BA Honours in the History & Theory of Art from Essex University and worked for many years in PR. The final push came whilst working at the National Gallery in London as Head of Press. Experiencing the collection at close quarters heightened the feeling that it was time for her to try her hand. She was clear about how she wanted her paintings to look and that she only wanted to paint with oils, so she bought some good paints and finally made a start.
Her first paintings were still life and landscapes, influenced in particular by the work of British painters such as William Nicholson, Euan Uglow and Mary Fedden. The effects of colour and light on her subjects are her chief preoccupations.