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portrait of Eleanor Jane Campion

Born Eleanor Jane Campion, I'm mostly known as Jane, but some people know me as Elle in New Zealand (I had to move over for the international film director Jane Campion).  I answer to both readily now so don't be confused.

I follow the sun, crossing the equator around October and April each year, from Wiltshire in the UK, to the Abel Tasman in New Zealand.  Shout out here to Climate Stewards

I'm an artist and completing study with the Ignatian Spirituality Course in London, entirely on Zoom.  I hold a Masters in Adult Learning (Professional Coaching) and now I am learning to offer the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.  These are an ancient method of spiritual formation which offer an astonishingly contemporary and personal transformation through a sort of pilgrimage or school of prayer and spiritual living.  

I'm working on tailoring the Exercises into shorter retreats and pilgrimages in everyday life.  

I'm about to submit work for the new international Laudamus Award 2024:  A Celebration of Sacred Art.  Other highlights recently have included:  

  • Finalist in the Tasman National Art Award, New Zealand (2021)

  • I have shown work at Purpose Gallery, Mapua, Tasman 

  • I am a professional member of the Nelson Suter Art Society

In England, I have set up my own studio after studying at:

  • Dulwich Art Group & School

  • Heatherley School of Fine Art

  • Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch, London

I grew up in Whanganui, New Zealand, and left for the lights of London 30-plus years ago.  I enjoyed a certain success in corporate life as a public relations consultant before launching a second career coaching leaders of transformational change.  

In 2020, I returned to New Zealand  for a long-planned sabbatical, covering 17,500km.  

Newly enchanted by the quality of New Zealand's light and scenery - and encountering something of a spiritual revival there - I was fortunate to be able to choose to make Tasman my home for half of each year. 

We shall not cease from exploration 

And the end of all our exploring 

Will be to arrive where we started 

And know the place for the first time 

Through the unknown, remembered gate

When the last of earth left to discover 

Is that which was the beginning

At the source of the longest river

The voice of the hidden waterfall

And the children in the apple tree 

Not known because not looked for 

But heard, half-heard, in the stillness 

Between the two waves of the sea.

TS Elliot, Four Quartets 

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