Beaux Art Festival 2011

Jayne Vander Woude
Artist Statement and Bio


Nature amazes, excites, and inspires me!

Henry David Thoreau wrote,
"The question is not what you look at,
but what you see."

Studying and painting nature helps me see it more fully and participate in its celebration of life.
Each painting becomes an outpouring of my heart's passion for the nature I love. Influenced by artists such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, I love focusing on light and color to capture the essence of what draws me to my subjects. Working with paints created by the same family-owned company that created colors and paints for Monet and Degas, I use striking compositions, luminous color, and layers of oil paint to celebrate nature's passion and stories through my art.

As a high school student, I begged to get out of my mandatory art class and then fell in love with art.  Believing I would never be “good enough” to be an artist, I instead pursued degrees in Elementary and Special Education, later adding a Gifted Education Specialist Degree. Through sometimes difficult changes in my life, I moved into art education and received a Masters of Art Education from Florida International University.  I have shared my passion for life and creating with students for over 20 years.

Due to health issues I am no longer teaching. Amazingly, I've gone from desperately wanting to avoid art to being an artist with works in private collections throughout the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.  

My work has been accepted into juried exhibitions such as:
Beaux Art Festival
Coconut Grove Art Festival                                          
Coconut Point Festival of the Arts
Palmetto Bay Art in the Park - 2009 3rd Place Award for 2-Dimensional Art 
Dade Art Educators' Exhibits                            
Fairchild Tropical Gardens Art Exhibit
Florida Art Educators’ Exhibits
Hyde Park Village Art Fair, Tampa
Key Biscayne Art Festival
Los Olas Art Fair
Downtown Naples Festival of the Arts
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts
Pinecrest Gardens Art Festival - 2008 1st Place & 2010 3rd Place Award for Painting
South Miami Art Festival - 2008 3rd Place & 2009 1st Place Award for Painting
85@85 International Art Exhibition

My work has also been exhibited in south Florida galleries and the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art.  It has been published in a Small Works publication. Select pieces are available at The Shops at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. My paintings are featured in the devotional book, "Art Inspirations From Nature".





Art Inspirations BOOK