A delicate visual sensitivity is at the core of all of Jane Park Wells’ paintings. Working on square and rectangular wooden panels or on similarly shaped canvases, she stains, rubs, masks, over-paints and sands layers of color into rich layers of transparency, building a luminous surface of sensuous visual depth or sheer atmosphere. Wells then floats a variety of colored, loose and incredibly lively lines onto these shifting and colorful grounds.
For Wells color is an ongoing exploration of mood. Each of her series of paintings uses color to explore a variety of emotional atmospheres and to construct visual nuance and texture. In Wells’ paintings, color and line build emotional networks that can be intense or delicate, vibrant or restrained. At times the color uplifts us; at other times we are subdued by it. Sometimes the color and her application emphasize the inherent grain or flaws of the underlying material; at other times the ground is obscured completely.