Jane A. Sasonow-White

The Art

Techniques

  • Acrylic 

  • Fibre reactive dyes on silk
  • Silk screen printing on silk, cotton, and paper
  • Block printing
  • Watercolour batik 

  • Watercolour
  • Stained glass

Approach / Inspiration

My paintings are nature driven and vary in subject matter and medium. Some paintings were started decades ago. Spawned from a collection of snippets and found objects (photos of every angle, rough sketches, research notes etc.) sparked ideas that formed my ‘bucket list’ of paintings. These waited patiently for realization. However, and fortunately, I now find myself at a place in my career and life where I can divert my focus from retail sales to that of tackling that ‘bucket list’.

I have been blessed to study the things that interest me most. Exploring the nature of nature during the artistic creative process is truly a fulfilling experience. My sincere hope is to capture and render that which is too often not noticed or appreciated.

Biography

Growing up on a farm I had the amazing experience of living up close and personal with many creatures (wild and domesticated) that inhabit a “Mixed Farm”. My parents (at times) thought maybe they were a little too close and personal, as many of them would join us at the supper table.

From a young age I would attempt to capture life on the farm with paper and pencil. My father encouraged my early artistic endeavours and patiently pointed out the importance of studying the anatomy carefully before attempting to represent it graphically. My wonderful mother opened my eyes to look deeper into the mysteries of nature. She generously shared her wild-crafting knowledge acquired from her ancient European cultural heritage.

From a very early age, I can clearly remember becoming enchanted by my mother using common field flowers (chamomile) to perform healing magic on my ailing (at the time I thought was dying) baby sister. From that point in my life onward; plants and trees became interesting individuals with special powers and unique personalities.

The knowledge of and reverence for nature that my parents shared with me has been a continual source of sustenance and has also provided me with abundant personal fulfillment. For those gifts, I am truly grateful.

Exhibitions / Awards 

For the past thirty years I have exhibited my artwork in annual Member Exhibitions, operated a retail/wholesale craft business (jasSILKS) and have attended craft fairs within and out of the province. some of the highlights are listed below:

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     Pond Life - Watercolour created for offset lithographed poster print, MUN Botanical Garden, St. John's, NL (1993)
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    Marinas - Silk wall hanging depicting Cold Ocean Species, Gift to the Duke of Edinburg, MUN Ocean Science Centre, St. John's, NL (1997)
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    Atlantic Canada Craft Award for Excellence in the category of Product Design, Atlantic Craft Trade Show, Halifax NS (2002)
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    Commission for Gorden Pinsent Centre for the Arts, Grand Falls Windsor, NL (2005)
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    Just Flowers, Kent Farndale Gallery, Port Perry, ON (2010) - Solo

Membership

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    Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland & Labrador
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    Central Newfoundland Visual Art Society (CNVAS)
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    Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador (CCNL)
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    FORAY Newfoundland & Labrador

Contact

e:  BASNL@jasSILKS.com

a:   Jane Sasonow-White, P.O. Box 83 (Studio/Shop), Norris Arm North, NL A0G 3N0

w:  www.jasSILKS.com