Jane Appleby


I am inspired by the drama of light as it moves along forms, the rhythms and nuances of shapes, and the colours that change from subtle to vivid at any give moment. My expressive compositions, in oils, acrylics or watercolours, are a contemplative and heartfelt response to my experiences, representing the “visual music” I feel. Each brush-stroke is like a colour note or chord playing out the scene offering a connection with the viewer through dynamic movements and vibrant colour.

20 x 20 inches
Oil on Canvas
Nature Rejoices
36 x 36 inches
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40 inches
Oil on Canvas
Island Rhapsody
24 x 48 inches
Oil on Canvas

Jane Appleby is an expressive painter, inspired by the Canadian landscape often painting outdoors on Galiano Island or within the lower mainland of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Her abstract and impressionistic work has been described as ‘Emily Carr meets Gauguin’, inspired by nature and colourfully unique.

Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her family and recalls the freedom she felt when experiencing the beautiful natural settings of the west coast.

Along with taking many workshops over the 25 years she has been painting, Jane obtained a Biology Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Fine Arts Techniques Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She also enjoyed a workshop with Robert and Sara Genn where she painted 37 minute and 37 stroke paintings that helped form her unique style. See Painter’s Key Letters: https://painterskeys.com/hollyhock-strokes/ and https://painterskeys.com/an-exuberant-painter/

Jane has received several awards from the Federation of Canadian Artists, written articles for the Art Venues Magazine, and facilitated Plein Air Paint-outs. She is the author of two books: Between Cottages and The Purposeful Brush available from her website. She is also a popular workshop instructor and when possible teaches watercolour classes on Cruise Lines, with her husband assisting.

She shares her inspirations and painting methods on her You Tube Channel: Jane Appleby Art where she encourages us to find the “Artist in all of us.”

Jane lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and enjoys nature, music, hiking with her dog, sketching by the ocean, kayaking, and skiing.

Her work is collected internationally, and is available through her representative galleries listed on her website:  https://janeappleby.com/

See info/contact page Here: https://janeappleby.com/artist/

Mountain Breeze
24 x 30 inches
Oil on Canvas
Ocean's Embrace
30 x 30 inches
Oil on Canvas
Kitsilano Expression
24 x 30 inches
Oil on Canvas
Black Tusk Expression
24 x 36 inches
Oil on Canvas

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