About Jane

My work is a contemporary expression, yet is created by borrowing tools and techniques from the Old World Decorative Arts.  The likes of skip troweling, faux graining and solvent dispersed paint make it to my fabric painting, along with the implementation of The Masters’ styles executed with thought to the Golden Ratio.  Further embellished with paper making, felting, wood burning and jewelers techniques, it all comes together in the form of a stitched or quilted textile.

It has taken me years to hone in and merge my love of the earlier time period aesthetic with my love of a modern expression.  It is my hope that when my work is viewed with the collaboration of all these parts that it promotes a feeling of awe and inspiration.

The activities that we prioritize in our daily lives are what define who we are, and they tell the world what we value the most. Is our world benefiting from our priorities?

Jane Balshaw, 2020

Jane Balshaw is a 4th generation artist so learned her craft through observation and experimentation.  In her youth she earned her living as a silversmith and jewelry maker, then transitioned to dressmaker, make-up artist, aesthetician and stylist, all the while practicing carpentry & interior decorative arts for personal expression.

In the 1980s she found quilting.  It was through this medium that many of her skills came together to form her individualist style of art, using the time-honored craft traditions of cloth, needle and thread expressed through the eyes of a painter.

Read more about Jane’s color theory here…

A proud member of the League of NH Craftsmen since 2003.

IN THE NEWS: New Hampshire Business Community for the Arts, February 2021; Corporate Collaboration

IN THE NEWS: NH Home Magazine July/August 2020 “Master of her Craft”

IN FILM: See this short video featuring me talking about my work August 2020

COLLECTIONS

  • The Daniel and Denise Roberts collection
  • The Emily Preston collection
  • The Natalie Wolf collection
  • The Charles and Judith Kupperman collection
  • The League of NH Craftsmens permanent collection

INSTALLATIONS

  • Hebrew Senior Life Center; Boston, MA
  • Frisbie Memorial Hospital; Rochester, NH
  • Sanborn, Head and Associates; Concord, NH
  • Ouellette & Associates; Bedford, NH
  • Baker Newman Noyes; Manchester, NH

EXHIBITIONS

  • Out of the Woods; Two Villages Art Society, Contoocook, NH 2022
  • Art and the Garden; Canterbury, NH 2022
  • Haven in Place; WREN Gallery Bethlehem, NH 2022
  • Two Villages Art Society; 2020
  • League of NH Craftsmen Art, Craft and Design; 2003 – 2020
  • League of NH Craftsmen headquarters gallery 2003 – 2020
  • Portsmouth Historical Society Discovery Center “New Hampshire Folk Art” 2019
  • Eversource Corporation SOLO 2018
  • Anderson-Soule gallery “The Language of Color” SOLO 2006
  • New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; NW Barrette Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH; The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA; International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX – selected 2005 – 2008
  • Auberge du Soleil; St Helena, CA. 2000
In the sewing studio
Painting in the wet studio