Jane Chapman - Painter
Artist Jane Chapman was born and grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and still resides there and in Fredericksburg, TX. Art has been a driving force in Jane’s life for as long as she can remember. She excelled in art throughout grade school and continued her studies at Louisiana State University, earning her degree in Applied Arts.
Jane was the founder, CEO and graphic designer of a gift manufacturing and distribution company called Plain Jane, Inc. What began as a craft fair hobby turned into a full time career, and a successful wholesale gift business. In 2001 Jane was presented with the award for “Entrepreneur of the Year” for excellence in business by the Baton Rouge YWCA.
Upon retirement she concentrated on her painting. For years she had worked in mixed media interested in and experimenting with acrylic, oils, gold leaf, and fabric dying. In addition, she discovered a special method of painting on sheet metal and other sub-straits framed in Plexi glass, for a very contemporary look.
Jane opened, “Studio 9170”, an artist’s co-op in 2012 in Baton Rouge. Here, twelve artists have individual studio spaces and have the opportunity to collaborate with each other. They share ideas, try new techniques, and are constantly working on their latest pieces of art, while sharing their common love of art.
In 2015 Jane's art career went in a new and exciting direction. That November she attended a workshop by Nancy Bush at the Fredericksburg Art School and fell in love with the Tonalist Movement of intimate landscapes. Its roots were in early American masters such as Charles Warren Easton, James McNeill Whistler and George Innes. She is continuing this newfound passion under the direction and encouragement of Michael Workman a modern master.
"It seems like I'm starting a new chapter in my life, a fabulous journey of intentional art. It is extremely challenging and I feel like I am in college again, studying and learning! I am discovering a completely new world of color and technique. My soul’s passion is renewed."