JANE MICHELE ADAMS
I paint with oil on canvas. Most of the themes are landscapes where I have lived. I started painting in 2002 while living in Napa, California. I attended college studio classes for over five years, but most of my training as a painter has been self-taught. In 2003 I won first place in the Adult Intermediate Class in the National Arts Program show held at Napa State Hospital.
I grew up in southern Illinois, moving 24 times before I graduated from high school. I continued to travel across the United States during my adult life as an engineer and social worker. I retired in Astoria in 2016.
I am an artist because I am a visual thinker. I have always been an artist. Being a painter is always about becoming a human being, knowing yourself, trusting your intuition, and solving problems. I found that I am one of the lucky ones. I am one of the people who can process my life's issues through paintings. I paint what I interpret about events in my life, past and present. I'm always processing what I am thinking and feeling. Thus, I am always wondering how I might complete my art to achieve these thoughts or feelings. Sometimes it works and sometimes I am not able to resolve the problems in a painting. Sometimes my pictures take their own path. They lead me to colors and forms that I was not aware of in my life. I have to remind myself, that what is, is and what isn't, isn't. I must trust myself and just live in the moment, enjoying my life as I walk along this path. I found that my art emerges with themes that reflect my own experiences in life. Hopefully my art speaks for itself and whatever it says to the viewer—it is the right message. Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and I'm happy with that.