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“Go out there and find the place, the things, the scene, the animals and plants, the sky that puts you in a state of awe. Observe, study, understand the situation as much as possible, then go into the studio and rebuild to create an image that conveys your reverence. However modestly, that image will stand as a symbolization of that moment. My artist eyes are not meant tobe a camera. The painting that is created is saturated with my own inner workings, my own particular humanity. I hope that you will enjoy my deep regard for all natural things.” —Jane Troup
The Observer and the Observed -To say that the beauty and wonder of nature inspires artist Jane Troup would be a clear understatement. Even a casual glance of her painted work reveals what moves Troup the most – nature. The vast majority of her work is created by observing the natural world – plants, animals, insects, etc. Her message is clear: Observe. Study. Understand.
Perhaps the message is most clear in her work titled “The Observed and the Observer.” Pictured below, the piece shows a young boy peering out at fox and hare from behind a tree. Simultaneously the fox and hare gaze upon the viewer, begging the question, who’s observing who here?
Troup’s love for nature began young as she was always drawn towards animals and the outdoor environment. Today she is thankful to have her very own studio surrounded by beautiful landscapes and woodland creatures. She is known to take walks down familiar paths on her land, yet always noticing something different. The beauty and radiance of nature is that it’s never the same.
She invites viewers to see this changing world through her eyes as she reinterprets her observations and masterfully transforms them onto canvas.
“I live in the midst of an enchanted landscape where nature is my inspiration. There I find beauty in abundance; varied, complex, sublime. Rather than copy it, I study it, and breathe in its brilliance. Then I create a painting that tells a most beautiful story.” – Jane Troup