Welcome to the art of Jane Schwartz Gates


Feel free to take a tour of fine art paintings and prints, illustrations, pet portraits and artistic wearable items. There are also some informational articles and some background information on Jane. Also, please check out her new gardening book “All the Garden’s a Stage” (Schiffer Press) for lots of gardening information presented in an entertaining format with Jane’s cartoon plants. (For more information on plants, gardening and landscape design, go to GardenGates.info or the landscape design business site at Gates & Croft Horticultural Design. Jane’s fine art paintings are featured in the coffee table book “100 Artists of the West Coast II”.



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  8 Responses to “Welcome to the art of Jane Schwartz Gates”

  1. Dear Ms. Schwartz:
    I found your information on the RISD website. We are looking for an artist/painter to paint an Italian landscape with Villa from a photograph. Of course your own style technique would be incorporated! We currently traveled to Italy this Spring and attended a beautiful wedding at this specific villa. We thought it would be a great gift to give the newlyweds a painting of the beautiful location where they married. Is this something that would of interest to you? Look forward to speaking with you.

    Kind regards,

    Brenda Dassoni


  2. Thank you for your offer, Brenda. I’m not sure my fantasy style will work for painting an Italian Villa, though. At the moment I am swamped with work, but if you are still interested and you are not in a rush, we can talk further….

  3. I have to add a big thanks to Kim at Crunchy Data for saving this site when everything went wrong. If you ever need website designing or help, you can count on her at http://crunchydata.com/about-crunchydata-solutions-websites.

  4. Dear Ms. Schwartz,
    I am currently studying your work for my alevel art project associated with evolution and growth of the women, i am incorperating the womens figure in the element of nature and find your work beautifully protrays this. I am especially drawn to your pieces The ‘Butterfly Women’ and ‘Leaf Spirit.’ If you have the time, i was wondering would you be able to answer the following questions about your work?
    1. Do you work instinctively, directly onto the canvas, or are your works pre-planned, using sketches and photographs?
    2. What influences your choice of colour? I am interested particularly in the colours used in the pieces mentioned above, could you explain your thought process behind your use of colour in these pieces of work?
    3. Are there any tips you would give to someone who was attempting to emulate your style?

    thank you for your time,
    Megan Mc Bride

  5. Hi Megan. Thank you for your query.
    1. I work directly on the painted surface. Part of the experience is watching each piece of art evolve as I work into the paint with more detailed media. I do have a subject and general picture in mind when I paint the base. Sometimes I will use a photograph as a reference for anatomical accuracy, when it is appropriate.
    2. Color choices are purely intuitive depending on the emotional response I am trying to create. Colors have a very powerful impact on human moods. Themes also come into the choice. In leaf spirit, for example, I needed to use woodland colors. In Butterfly Woman, the dramatic colors of a butterfly are somewhat muted by the blend of human energy.
    3. I would be honored for anyone to want to emulate the style of my work. I think the most important thing is to participate in the experience. My belief is that we are all connected in nature and (pardon my prejudice) that women seem to be more in tune with that (perhaps due to evolution). When I work I do not think about doing things “right or wrong” or even what anyone else will like. I start with a feel for a subject and let the media guide me. It is a total participation in the process until the finished piece feels complete and balanced. If you are feeling excited, involved, sometimes stymied, and as though you are not completely in control of the journey, you are probably on the best path. For me, painting is about participating in life/art and having fun exploring.

  6. Thank so much for your response, I hope this will help me delevop and explore your techniques through this project. My technique would be rather controlled when using media such as inks and paint so I am excited to experiment freely with your style!
    I admire your work and agree that females feminity has a strong connection to nature and hope to show this throughout my work with you as an inspiration.

  7. Good morning,
    I was wondering if you are the lyricist who wrote “The flying dutchman” & other songs by Yellowstone & Voice. Thank you.

  8. Yes, I am, Eduardo. (I also wrote the melody lines.) And I still love music. How fun you knew of the album!

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