Adventures in Mixed Media With Jane Davies
Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, paint, and encaustics. In this slideshow, she talks about the mysteries of the artistic journey.
Jane Davies offers workshops at her studio and nationwide, focusing on helping people find a personal and playful approach to creating. For the past several years, she has put most of her efforts into teaching, writing, and having fun making art.
“Art is definitely a journey,” she says. “My journey has taken me from being a potter to freelance artist to artist-author-teacher, with interwoven avenues of bookbinding, printmaking, beading, painting, textile art, design, and other means of creating.”
As a creative guide and mentor, Jane teaches students that one of the keys to finding their creative edge is to cultivate a degree of comfort, or at least willingness, with the awkward territory of not-knowing.
“While I may teach a multitude of techniques,” she says, “my focus is on the back-and-forth play of spontaneity and intention that characterizes the creative process.”
“In my own art practice, a focus on process is an essential component of developing work that feels authentic and personal," she says. "My process involves a back-and-forth play between spontaneous, intuitive mark-making, and careful deliberation and intention. I think of it as letting things happen, and making things happen.”
Reflecting on her creative path, Jane says, “I believe that making art is a journey with very few hand-holds and only a general road map. Each participant has to find his or her own way, while at the same time remain open to learning from others.”
Jane is the author of three books on collage and mixed media—Adventures in Mixed Media, Collage Journeys, and Collage With Color—as well as a book on ceramics and a DVD on painting and collage techniques. As a person deeply immersed in creativity, she believes inspiration infuses our daily life.
“I can be moved by a simple combination of color and line,” she says, “or the relationships of shapes and edges, or the interplay between pattern and scale. I look at colors, textures, and images out in the world as well: rocks, rust, surfaces affected by age or by marks of the human hand, or by time and tides,” she says.
“I go to the studio to see what will happen rather than to make something specific happen," she says. "I may start with an idea, but once I engage with the materials and become absorbed in the process, the muses take over.”