Jane Appleby is a prolific and intuitive painter who paints with the vigor of her love of life, inspired by the Canadian Landscape, often painting outdoors in the tradition of the Canadian Group of Seven.
She has been mentored by many artists including the late Robert Genn who coined her a full member of “The 37 Club” (painting a painting in less then 37 minutes and another in 37 strokes). Her impressionistic and colourful paintings have also been described as: “Emily Carr Meets Gaugin” both spiritual in nature and colourfully unique.
The works of Van Gogh, Mondrian, Kandinsky and Rothko have been influential to Jane. She recalls being especially moved by viewing original works in museums by these artists as well as more contemporary ones like Emily Carr, BC Binning, Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith. All of these had an impact on her taking up painting more seriously. Her architect father also nurtured Jane’s process while he was alive.
Jane’s favourite mediums are oil and acrylic although she is proficient in watercolours and mixed media. Initially self taught, she furthered her studies at Emily Carr University.
Jane was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to Vancouver in 1969 with her parents and brother, Frank Pochyly, who also is a painter. She currently lives in Burnaby with her husband, some of their young adult children (five in total), a dog and two cats. She also frequents Galiano Island, a favourite painting destination. She enjoys quality time in nature as much as possible, including mountain hikes, kayaking, and skiing.
Jane is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and serves on the Gallery Committee at Port Moody Arts Centre. She instructs painting workshops at Place Des Arts in Coquitlam and for various art groups, including Demos for Opus Art Supplies. She also teaches watercolours on the Cunard Cruise Lines and an after school children’s art program for the Burnaby School Board.
She has done commissions and customized art instruction. Her artwork has contributed to many fundraising events including Big Brothers, Empty Bowls, and L’Arche Greater Vancouver.
Jane’s current focus is exploring her creative response to the landscape on location and exploring abstraction from these experiences.
To see more of her work — www.janeappleby.com