I'm Jayne, a digital/mixed media fantasy artist/illustrator, music
promoter and childhood cancer awareness advocate in South Wales.
I have always enjoyed being creative and as a child was always making
things - my parents' house still contains various framed artworks of mine
(pressed flower art, paper cut art, etc). As an adult I enjoyed doing charcoal portraits and
would like to have progressed in that medium but, due to pain and stiffness caused by my
osteoarthritis, holding the charcoal sticks for any length of time has become more and more difficult.
Apart from the osteoarthritis I also have carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand which causes pins and needles in my fingers, the tips of my fingers go numb and it also causes a loss of grip. I taught myself new creative skills which fitted in with my health issues. For example I taught myself how to use 3d software through trial and error, as well as programs such as Corel Painter.
When digital art came into my life it meant that I could still be creative but without as much physical discomfort as I use my laptop and mouse to do my art. It also gives me a positive focus and takes me to a different place, and with digital art my imagination knows no bounds.
Being Welsh means having roots steeped in folklore featuring dragons, mermaids and other magical beings … which is really great for a fantasy artist/storyteller.
Apart from vampires, witches, mermaids and fairies, my other loves - music (I learned to read and write music, and play the piano, at age 6) and nature/animals - also play a big part in my artwork.
I am constantly studying new things and currently (November 2021) am practicing photo manipulation combining my photography with 3d creations as props and backgrounds.
I create art to create smiles, and I hope that whoever sees my creations has a moment of forgetting the real world, which can be such a dark and cruel place, and lose themselves in my fantasy world full of colourful characters and magic.
Protecting the Planet:
Caring for our beautiful planet is important to me and so I have sourced printing companies who are environment- ally friendly. Full information can be found on the 'Printing & Packaging Info' page.
Apart from doing my art, I run one of the largest (possibly the largest?) independent music showcase websites in Wales (Paradiddles Plectrums and Posers) The website has no sponsors or adverts and is a labour of love for me as I make no money from it. In October 2021 the website was 10 years old.
I'm an advocate for childhood cancer awareness and have a website, Heart of Gold, in the name of which, apart from sharing children's stories and links to charities, etc, I design personalised cushions for young children with cancer and bereaved parents. I thought of doing cushions after seeing a photograph of two little sisters (both of whom had cancer) who had not seen each other for three weeks while one was in hospital. Cushions are something you can cuddle (or as we in Wales say ‘cwtch’) and so can be cuddled in the absence of the loved one whose photo is on the cushion. That was my initial idea. Now they also bring comfort to bereaved parents. I've had a few mothers tell me it made them smile, and if you can make someone smile in such heartbreaking circumstances for even a few minutes, then that's just priceless. You can see the cushions I have done so far, with some of the children, on the 'Charity Artwork' page.
I enjoy taking photographs with my Canon PowerShot of nature and scenery, and since doing my fantasy art I see things from a different perspective. I use some of my photographs as backgrounds. I also have prints and greeting cards of some of my photos which are shown elsewhere on this website. You cannot beat nature when it comes to colours and pure beauty.
My other loves are animals and the sea. I have rescued many cats and dogs over the past 20+ years, re-homing some and keeping others myself, and currently have 3 rescued cats. I sponsor a dog with The Dogs Trust, which I have done since 2000 in honour of my Spaniel Ben who died that year, and in 2021 sponsored a wolf with the Wolf Conservation Center.
Some of my charcoal portraits.
The artist as artwork.