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Artist Profile

Jane Campion grew up in Whanganui, New Zealand, but left for the lights of London 30-plus years ago, enjoying a certain success in corporate life.  In 2020, she returned for a long-planned sabbatical and felt drawn, unaccountably, to begin in Abel Tasman.  (“Perpetually sunny it seemed to me as a child watching weather forecasts.”)  Rewarded by the extraordinary colour impact of local light, Jane chose to make it home.  

Painting in the summer open sea air, from Abel Tasman to the Marlborough Sounds, as well as West Auckland and the Coromandel, Queenstown and Milford Sound, she completed a 17,500km journey.  Something of this wild life translates to her latest work.  

“Our world is an astonishing miracle of creation; masterworks everywhere, just a fingertip away.  To represent what I see, pigment and oil must become light.   I am inspired by colour first; that is what I am seeking to promote.  Creative movement emerges from jewel-like hues to communicate a theme through composition that leaves some realism for viewers to relate with.  Each piece stands in a geographical place, but moves beyond the literal, reaching to connect with life within us,” she explains.  “In day to day life, people are my main passion, including the unseen angels of my imagination; representing the spirit or energy of a place.”

After so long in Europe’s cities, New Zealand has been a revelation.  Jane enjoyed the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest artists alive after she retired from corporate work as a consultant and then coach in 2015.  Now she plans to visit the UK as well as to continue exploration globally online, remaining based in the inspiration of her native environment.  At last.    

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 

Jane can be found working in Purpose Gallery, Mapua, two days a week, and from her studio on the premises.


  • Studio is at Purpose Gallery, Mapua, Tasman

  • Accepted for membership of the Nelson Suter Art Society in August 2021

  • Finalist in the Tasman Nelson Art Award  

  • Participated in NSAS shows


  • Opened London studio

  • Sabbatical in New Zealand, oil sketching and travelling 17,000km


  • Solo Show, Sprout Gallery, Wandsworth, London for two weeks including a week painting portraits of locals in the gallery as an artist in residence

  • Studied Heatherley School of Fine Art (part-time)


  • New Faces Exhibition 

  • Dulwich Art Group & School Show

  • Studied portraiture at Heatherley School of Fine Art (part-time)


  • Studied Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch, London

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