Jane Murdoch Adams




General Artist Statement

My grandmother used to say about me, as a child, that I had nimble fingers.  She herself was a wonderful, working seamstress. She had me running her treadle sewing machine by 8 years of age.  Her husband was a tradesman (also a trade union activist in the 1919 Winnipeg Strike) and my father a gifted artisan.

Making practical objects of beauty was highly valued in our family.  (I am not quite sure how practical my paintings are.  But, if I don’t paint them, who will?)

Also highly prized in our family (and loved and treasured) is nature, living nature, and being in the natural world.  In boats.   Especially in marshlands.  Preferably in Manitoba.

The passions of my art are birds, lakes, boats, plants, colours, animals, skies, and more birds and water! 

I am deeply influenced by Pre-Hispanic art of Mexico, especially sculptor Victor Hugo Nunez, as well as favourite painters such as Canadians John Kissick, Casey McGlynn and Christopher Griffin; Canadian First Nations artists Jane Ash, Kent Monkman; Uruguayan Ignacio Itturia; and Americans Cy Twombly, and Richard Diebenkorn. 

I have taken their works to heart because they thrill me, are vigorous, full of life-force, funny (as needed) and very moving and lyrical (as needed).  They capture nature in their own bizarre ways. What a coincidence – just the things I aspire to! My art training includes the Art Centre at Central Technical School, Toronto School of Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

I seek out support among my fellow artists, and I thrive in the community at the Propeller Centre for Visual Arts. 

My life as an artist gives me pleasure with everything that I create.  I owe many dear friends and family and teacher/mentors for my good fortune in coming to this life.  My emotion is gratitude, constant gratitude.

The future of my painting will be in reading the world and telling my story.



"Our paintings make people remember the sweet stuff of nature. Our paintings make it happen." - Eden Jane Daniel