Jane Ward Kehrt Bio

A native Kentuckian, Jane began her creative career by drawing on the baseboard of the seldom used living room of here home. Drawing outside the lines, adding subject matter, and layering colors were just not acceptable. It was several years before this became known as artistic ability.

Jane did her undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky and additional work at Southeast Missouri University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has studied with numerous nationally known artists, including Tony Couch, Judy Waggoner, Judi Betts, Ed Bruns, a colleague of Grant Wood, Roland Roycroft, Zoltan Szabo and Janet Walsh. Jane taught drawing and watercolor at the community college in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in the late nineteen seventies. Her work is in numerous private and corporate collections across the United States as well as Russia, Argentina, Ireland and Guatemela.

The Kentucky Guild of Srtist and Craftsmen, Berea, Kentucky, The Kentucky Visual Arts at the Market, Frankfort, Kentucky and the Arts Guild of the Barrens are some of the organizations of which she is a member. Jane is represented by Collectors Gallery and Artique Galleries in Lexington, Kentucky, The Artisan Center in Berea, Kentucky, The Gallery on the Square, Franklin, Kentucky and Damselfly Gallery in Midway, Kentucky. She sells her work from her studio, her representing galleries and nationally juried shows, several of which have been ranked in “Sunshine Artist top 100”.

Jane and her husband Joe began printing Giclee’ reproductions in 1998 using six color separation on Arches watercolor paper. The prints have the look and feel of an original but with an extended archival life.

Realistic Impressionism best describes my artwork. In order to paint I need to see my subject matter. Light on a face, landscape or flower generates excitement and the desire to put what I see on paper.

At present my medium is watercolor. The feeling of paint flowing on wet paper is one of the most exciting parts of painting. Dropping pure color into washes flowing on wet paper is both exhilarating and frightening. The outcome cannot be entirely controlled, but with more experience an artist has a better idea of what will happen. A successful painting is when you are intelligent and seasoned enough to see and accept good things happening on the paper and keep them. Watercolor is both a humbling and challenging medium.

The world around me is inspiring, light on subject matter, unique shapes forming more shapes, texture in nature and on man made objects encourage and inspire me to paint.

Influences come from everywhere. High school and college instructors were my first structured influences. Art history provided choices and direction. Artists I have worked with have pushed my work to a higher level. I am a combination of what I have seen, felt and known.