Jane learned her ABC’s in the piney woods of East Texas – but it was
the magical summers of her childhood spent in New Orleans that
unleashed her imagination. “At home there were rules to be followed,
good grades to be made, siblings to dodge and ever-present egg-shells
under foot,” she says. “Yearly vacations with Aunt Hazel and Uncle Bob,
in an exciting city drenched in history and bursting with sensuality of
every sort, I experienced a joyous freedom that would shape the rest
of my life.”
The kind of conventional lifestyle in which she was raised was out
of the question for Jane. Fresh out of SMU with a B.A. in English,
her first job was as Ali MacGraw’s stand-in on “The Getaway”.
Next came a mid-management position at a luxury hotel in the
French Quarter. From there she moved to Los Angeles to work
in the film industry. While her friends were getting married and
having babies, Jane was skydiving, escorting dignitaries and
celebrities to their hotel suites or passing Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Sylvester Stallone and countless other stars on the back-lot at MGM.
Away from Texas for more than a decade, it started to tug at her
heart-strings. She moved to Austin where she bought small houses,
remodeled and sold them almost before the paint dried. This fun
came to a screeching halt with the real estate crash of the 80’s.
On the advice of a friend Jane entered law school but the idea of
practicing law just never ignited her passion. Following graduation,
at the age of forty, she began remodeling the homes of others. After
she’d had 18 years as a contractor under her belt, she picked up
some chalks and taught herself to paint with pastels.
Besides creating with pastels, Jane is a gourmet cook, a copper enamel artist and papier mache sculptor. She has designed interiors
throughout the Texas hill country as well as handbags, custom
mosaic tables and fanciful room dividers.
Her various works of art have found new homes in Texas, Arkansas,
Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California, Connecticut