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|Jane K. Starks: Plein Air
October 26 through November 30, 2013.
artist talk on Saturday, November 2, at 11:00 am.
|Valley House is pleased to present our third solo exhibition of Jane Starks’ paintings. Starks
immerses herself in the history and archaeology of the places she loves to paint: wilderness
areas of Texas, New Mexico, and Utah. The paintings are begun and completed on site,
without reliance on photographs or preliminary sketches, with the media of gouache
(opaque watercolor) and watercolor.
Wilderness as well as pockets of wilderness in urban areas draw me in. Through these
paintings I want to capture empirically, not romantically, the truth of what I see and
how I see it. They are specific to the season and time of day, as well as terrain and
vegetation. I wish to deepen as well as heighten the sensations created by looking at
a painting, to pull the viewer more intimately into the picture plane, and to create
paintings that achieve a striking optical immediacy and reveal a supple painterly
navigation between representation and abstraction—sense and nonsense. Illusion,
the vehicle of painting, is a powerful lens to reality. I hope my paintings serve as a
record of the solitude and beauty of the diminishing wilderness under our domain.
Although Starks was reared in California, her adult years were spent in Dallas where she
raised two children. An MFA from SMU in 1999 followed degrees in archeology from
California State University at Long Beach and a Master of Science in Community
and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin.
She taught painting at Brookhaven Community College from 2002 to 2007. She now
lives in Taos, New Mexico, and continues to teach via private seminars.