Dec. 21, 2021

Jane Davies - Visual Language

Jane Davies - Visual Language

Jane Davies is a painter and collage artist whose workshops focus on developing a personal and playful approach to art making. After graduating Bennington College and attending the School for American Crafts, Jane began as a potter in the early nineties, then transitioned into freelance art, using painting and collage as her medium. Since 2010 she has been teaching, writing, and making art. In addition to The Elements of Visual Language, Davies is the author of three books on collage and mixed media, and one on ceramics. Jane talks about her obsession with visual language, the subconscious image library, and how fine art is essentially an exploration and that You DON’T know how everything is going to turn out.


  1. "If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path.”  Joseph Campbell
  2. Fine art is essentially an exploration. You DON’T know how everything is going to turn out.
  3. Art is never easy – you must learn to live with the discomfort.
  4. Pay attention to the difference between inspiration (what gets you into the studio) and what your paintings express.
  5. People get stuck because they have a plan and stick to it, when sometimes you just need to NOT plan.
  6. Notice your defaults and then expand upon them.


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Jane’s book, Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language

Rupert Village Trust and The Sheldon Store

Winslow Art Center

Musicians James Hill and Anne Janelle  

Aboriginal artists Minnie Pwerle and Emily Kame Kngwarreye 


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