Jane Bond NEAC RP’s work is mainly concerned with painting people in their environment.
'After leaving St. Martins School of Art I worked as a costume designer for Opera, TV and theatre until returning to art school some twenty years later. This has probably influenced my enjoyment of textures, fabrics and lighting in my current work.
I have many influences, including 15th Century altar pieces to Velazquez, and from Monet to William Nicholson and Lucian Freud.'
Method of Working
'I always work from life and make sketches and discuss ideas with my portrait sitters. I also take photographs but only use them for reference or in emergencies! I paint in oils on canvas or board and do drawings in pencil or charcoal. My palette has a wide range of colours. I use Winsor & Newton Artists Oil Colours and for brushes, long handed sables, as large as practical for the job.
The first thing I do when I take a commission is to visit my subject and see their surroundings and where they will hang the painting. I often look for objects to accompany my subjects to tell the story of their lives. I often use richly patterned carpets and textiles behind my models.
An average oil portrait needs at least 10 sittings of two or three hours; a drawing two to three sittings.'