Jane Kell has a degree in the History and Theory of Art and started painting in 2010 after a career in public relations in the arts.
Both parents were painters and art was the focus at home. At eighteen, as a rebellion of sorts, she chose to study art history instead of going to art school. She subsequently worked for many years in arts affiiliated publishing and PR. It wasnt until she found herself working at the National Gallery in London as head of press, that she felt the pull to return to art. Having spent a life looking at picures, working with galleries, artists and designers she had a clear idea of how she wanted her own work to look. She bought some oil paints and made a start. From the beginning it felt natural: her first pictures were influenced by British painters like William Nicholson, Euan Uglow and Mary Fedden, where colour and light were the focus,
She soon built up a following and was able to work fulltime as a painter, promoting and selling her work internationally through the burgeoning online art market. Today she sells her work to collectors all over the world and exhibits extensively. Since 2014 she has taught an adult oil painting class in west London and she enjoys the contact with studients and the insights that teaching provides.
In 2017 she was awarded a place on an international residency in France where she had the opportunity to work 'en plein air' for the first time. It was an exciting experience working outside and connecting with the landscape in an immersive way. Since this trip she has returned to France many times to work in the landscape and further develop her plein air skills.
In 2018 she was commissioned by the Belmond Hotel group, along with four other British artists, to paint eleven large scale abstract paintings for The Cadogan, their newly opened luxury hotel in Chelsea.
After almost a decade of painting and teaching art she has gained in confidence and technical skill. She continues to paint stilllife and landscapes but she also works on a larger scale and abstractly. She now looks to the work of Richard Diebenkorn whose economy of line, spatial sense and interest in realism versus abstraction she greatly admires. Her interest in colour and light remain and although she believes she will always paint figuratively she is also interested in exploring how these elements work in an abstract context.
In Spring 2019 Jane moved from London to Washington DC, setting up a new home and studio from which she continues to paint fulltime. In January 2020 she became a member of the Studio Gallery, established in 1956, it is the oldest artist owned non profit gallery in Washington DC.