"Nothing I can say is going to improve how it looks." -Ken Price
 
My current paintings and mixed media collages incorporate layered shapes, intuitive gestures and personal meaning that express a visual narrative. This narrative can reflect associations and surreal metaphors from life experience and nature. 
 
Ideas further develop within the process, and I often use recognizable imagery with invented abstract forms to enhance and create a visual tension to the work. Color is used as an expressive element that contributes further to the paintings. Throughout the process, as each piece gathers complexity, clarity and ambiguity, I strive for the work to become a world unto itself.  
 
Entering my fourth decade as an artist, I employ a range of materials that includes acrylic and acrylic mediums, cold wax, watercolor inks, photo collage, glitter, fiber, paper, and the occasional found object on canvas, wood boards and archival paper. 
 
"Jane Dell’s paintings and works on paper are a pithy and magical blend of
abstraction and figuration, of glorious color and mutating forms, and of
seductive fantasies and unsettling dreams.What really excites me about Dell’s art are the possibilities inherent in each work for exploration, both
viscerally and metaphysically. "

Curator/Artist, Judith Page 2013

"....But Dell isn't without undercurrents of angst and ennui. The acrylic collage on canvas "Trouble in Paradise" has a lone figure amid beautiful flora and fauna and a fish eye next to a window. The surroundings are opulent, seductive and vacant. Its reserved demeanor more than merely suggest things aren't quite right, but it doesn't yell, or throw a tantrum. 
Dell's compositions, made with acrylic and collage on canvas, or watercolor, ink, photography, collage on Mylar, are aqua environments with starfish spinning, urchins scuttling, frogs grinning and plants swaying. 
On the surface, they're placid pictures of a harmonious world submerged in water.
Beneath, they're anything but comforting. Dell's images have a detectable tension subtly suggested through palette and composition. 
Through various critters, keenly mixed and matched, interacting in their watery world, a tranquil existence seems to be on the edge much like the quiet before the storm. This is where Parsons and Dell connect and make an engaging exhibit."


Tim Kane is a freelance writer for the Albany Times 2014