Jane Brayne

Jane has an international reputation as a painter of ancient landscapes. She was series artist on BBC 2’s Meet the Ancestors. Her work is widely published, used in the media and represented in museums including the British Museum. Her career in archaeology began on a dig at Stonehenge and her illustrated children’s book, Archer, Journey to Stonehenge, is a best seller there.

Her collaborations with archaeologists continue alongside her own practice as a painter. Recent work includes a watercolour drawing of Dartmoor near Wistman’s Wood. This was commissioned by the National Parks Authority in the hope that damage caused by some visitors to the delicate ecosystems of the moor might be mitigated by an understanding of its past.

Jane’s paintings begin with her surroundings, drawing on the shapes, colours and magic of land, trees, people and still life. The work of Samuel Palmer and the tradition of the Romantic Modernists, who owed him so much, is an enduring element. Her work holds a sense of place, continuity through time and the contemporary fragility of these things. She uses a range of mediums on canvas, board and handmade paper but loves and often returns to the traditional mix of watercolour, gouache, crayons and inks so deeply rooted in English landscape painting.

Work by Jane Brayne

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