Jane Whitehurst was born in California’s Central Valley. A lifelong painter and sculptor, Jane’s creative vision and sense of color and form have rendered an eclectic resume of accomplishments. Jane’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited and collected nationwide. After having worked in several mediums, Jane’s favorite is still abstract painting for its immediacy and spontaneous expression from what she refers to as her “Basic self.” As Jane explains, “Abstract Painting appeals to me because I can express myself through line, color, scale and texture. The viewer, young or old can read the work through their emotional response to these elements.” Much of her work is from this spontaneous flow, set to music chosen to move her as she surrenders the brush to unconscious motion. “My hand responds as if dancing across the canvas. When I step back, I see areas that may be enhanced, or taken away.”
Jane studied art at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas and interior design and sculpture at California State University in Fresno, California. She has served on numerous art museum boards in both Houston, Texas and Fresno, California, was a co-creator of the Art Policy for the City of Fresno and served as president of Gallery 25, one of the oldest artist cooperative galleries in the United States for women. Jane was a founding member of the Downtown Artist Group, DAG, and co-creator of ArtHop, the largest weekly art event in Central California for over 20 years. She has created, produced and directed programs and media campaigns for Public Television and community programs. She has been a design consultant and director on numerous prominent municipal and private sector projects and installations. Jane was a member of the architectural team overseeing the execution of the internationally acclaimed Fresno City Hall, an Arthur Erickson design completed in 1991.
Jane’s home and studio is based in Senoia, Georgia