Jane Sherrill


studio: 20 Vernon Street, 6th Floor West, Studio #80
email : jane@janesherrill.com
web : www.janesherrill.com


  • Pamet Harbor, Truro
    2015, acrylic on wood panel, 36 x 36 inches
  • Up the Hill, Vinalhaven
    2015, acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 24 inches
  • Bark & Butt
    2016, acrylic on wood panel, 18 x 18 inches
  • Yellow Burl
    2016, acrylic on wood panel, 18 x 18 inches

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My recent paintings express my love affair with this planet. After a day of painting, when I leave my studio I want to bring my paintbrush to bear upon the evening sky, to drawings rivulets of melting snow create on pavement.

During the summer of 2009 I began painting a series of seascapes inspired by the ocean off Cape Cod, New Jersey, Long Island, Crane Beach and Vinalhaven ME. While working on my NJ seascapes, Hurricane Sandy hit and wiped out the beach I had painted. This inspired in me an urgent need to document the world around me in the face of climate change.

As a young adult I lived by the sea. I spent my days wandering through pine forests, around ponds, and out to the ocean. My intention was to get lost in my surroundings, becoming one large mind hearing/seeing. When I got lucky I was rewarded with a wide perspective—seeing each individual tree in simultaneous sharp focus, hearing every pine needle fall. There was no sense of background, each detail was as important as any other. In painting my landscapes my intention is to recreate that state of mind. I use tiny brushes and lose myself in details, creating an abstract surface rich in detail that coalesces into a compelling landscape as you stand further back.