Spring Street’s March Exhibition, “Spring Whispers,” features the lovely, ethereal oil paintings of Jane Goodman. We asked her a few questions about her inspirations, her process, and her ideas about the power of art as a tool to break out of Winter-induced monotony.
1. What would you say is your main inspiration for your show, “Spring Whispers?”
Jane Goodman: The inspiration for the show is winter…and how much i dislike it…the cold and dark and relative colorless landscape.
I love Spring here in Charlottesville, first redbud trees, then azaleas, and forsythia …pinks yellows and whites and scarlets and finally the peonies and roses in June. Spring is my birthday season. Spring is hopeful. And it is about waking from the slumber of winter.
2. What would you say your main artistic influences are?
JG: I am influenced by the impressionists, early and late…I love the Fauvists who used color, bright colors to great affect. (Think Bonnard and Durain) I like the impressionists interplay with light and what they learned about light and colors and the reflection of colors. They also learned that putting one color next to a complement intensified both for the viewer. the relativity of color…
3. When did you start painting?
JG: I started painting in college, and studied art at Connect College. I then went to NYC to become an actress. I didn’t get back to painting until I lived in Washington, DC in the early 90s during a time when I was housebound due to illness. At that time, I went into watercolor and when I retired to Charlottesville around 2012, I began learning about oil painting and have enjoyed it so much. Watercolors are more dynamic and immediate and spontaneous. It is sometimes hard to maintain those qualities in oil painting. One tends to work the painting too much and take some of the vibrancy out of it! I try to paint or draw every day…it is like drinking water to me…essential.
4. What is your favorite thing to paint, place to paint, medium to use, etc.?
JG: I love to paint landscapes and finish them in the studio. I am not so excited about still life but recognize that I would like to master that as well. I have had the good fortune to live here around the mountains…and I have traveled to Rome, Tuscany and Sicily as well as Provence to paint. A painting is a challenge—of form, color, and content—and emotion. I tend to want to convey my memory or emotional relationship to the subject matter rather than present an exact rendering of the subject. I hope viewers will feel something and look at the subject in a new way. . I hope to awaken some emotional response in the viewer.. Then we are in a dialogue.
5. What are your hopes for the show?
JG: My hopes for the show: Since it will be seen in March, flowers are just beginning to emerge. I hope these fluffy blooms and little paintings of peonies and roses will make people smile and anticipate warm weather and sunshine. I hope that my paintings can put the viewer in a pleasant and happy mood. And, of course, I hope people will take one home. Oil paintings are a great addition to our surroundings.
JG: Painters I love: Fauvists, Impressionists, Wyeth’s (Andrew and Jamie), Hopper, Picasso (beautiful lines) and Diebekorn…and I enjoy abstract and contemporary art forms. I recently discovered works by Canadian painters of early 20th Century Tom Thomson for example —and am getting into contemporary Mexican art now which is a vibrant scene.. I studied last year with Al Gury, at Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton. He is the head of Philadelphia School of Art—Painting. Lovely, evocative works.
Goodman’s show, “Spring Whispers,” will be on view at Spring Street from March 1st-31st, 2019.