JANA RAYNE MACDONALD
"I approach my work through the influence within the tradition of Italian Renaissance painting, while repositioning in both a modern and historical perspective. While the dominant subjects of my work remain within the still life and figurative traditions, I consider each composition a portrait of an archetype or character, with an emotional quality and disposition, captured in the moment, vulnerable and exposed. My current series focuses on the language of clothing; as they reveal and ask questions simultaneously. We speak more languages than our mother tongue, without conscious thought, we tell who we are with expression, gesture and thought, the language of clothing often speaking first."
Growing up on the East Coast in a small university town, Jana began studying art at a young age with the master painter Mary MacGillivray. Since then she has constantly pursued her love of painting while balancing life with her two daughters and a second career in film as a Costume Supervisor having worked on a long list of Hollywood blockbusters. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a bachelor's degree in Sociology which has fuelled her constant curiosity in what motivates people. She currently lives and works in Vancouver with her husband. Jana’s paintings are in numerous private collections and have been shown in galleries in B.C., Nova Scotia and Seattle.