Artist Spotlight Series: Jane Booth
I am excited to share the work of a talented artist I ran across on Pinterest.
Kansas City, Kansas
What is your training?
I began in small corners of my childhood home, designing rabbit cages and recording events in school, with crayon. Studied ceramics at Kansas State University with a small group of excellent professors, and later at the Kansas City Art Institute, and local workshops. My best training has been experience, being a voracious painter.
What inspires you and your designs?
Looking, a felt sense of space, emotions and the natural world.
What is your favorite piece?
It’s hard to choose as it’s a moveable thing. The most recent is often a favorite, which would be
Water and Light – Balance 54×42,
or Papillon, 78″x180″ (that butterfly in the photo is for real, what timing!),
and a regular favorite is Harbor 60″x120″.
How has the your area influenced your work?
My work has everything to do with the surrounding area. My home and studio are on a tall ridge in the country, with big sky, the horizon line miles away. When I work outside on an abandoned basket ball court, the work soars in scale (Papillon).
When the weather is cold, and I’m working in the studio, the scale shrinks, and the landscapes are more internal.
When I’ve traveled to New York, the work becomes more packed and darker (Chandelier Series – 57th and 6th).
When in Florida, the intense blues and sun become concentrated to accommodate the tiny deck that becomes my studio (Sun Drenched Series – Through).
What is your favorite restaurant in (your city)?
Cafe Sebastienne, at the Kemper Museum.
What is your favorite cocktail?
I rarely drink a cocktail, but then it’s a dirty martini.
How do you balance personal life and work?
I don’t! I work every day, usually 10-12 hours, and my personal life has mostly to do with my work. It’s what I love, so it’s rarely a problem.
Return to New Zealand and backpack all corners of the south island.
Ms. Booth, please paint something very very large with yellow as the dominant color, whenever you are so inspired.
Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?
Groucho Marx glasses and rocks or shells with a story, from somewhere special.
Who is your style icon?
Your favorite up and coming artist?
That’s difficult to narrow to one, but today, it would be Lori Cozan Geller.
What is your most treasured possession?
My mother’s copy of Joy of Cooking. It falls open to pages dusted with ingredients: pie crust, roasted turkey and Yorkshire pudding.
What are you reading?
Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not
I seem to be piggishly answering in threes.
What are you listening to?
Pavarotti from the 70’s Met collection
Now you probably know everything.
Favorite Blogs / Publications?
Well, The English Room is a new favorite! I subscribe to Hendrick Hertzberg’s New Yorker blog, Tobi Fairley’s Interior Design, Joe Posnanski on baseball, MOMA PS1. I’m a sucker for Vogue, but sit around reading it in too big jeans and pink polka dot mules.
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