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Jane Scott (1918 - 2011)  Artworks >>

Of Jane Scott, it was written that she “takes her painting very seriously,” and that “nearly every day, Ms. Scott spends five hours in her Elkhorn, Nebraska studio working on her art. . . .I have days when I don’t care to go, but I push myself to go in there. . . .if you don’t discipline yourself, you might never do it.” (MacMillan) Resulting from her sense of commitment was hundreds of paintings: landscapes, figures, still life and portraits, and mostly pastels, although occasionally she used oil. She completed all of her landscapes en plein aire, and never worked from photographs. In deciding location and best time of day to set up her easel, she would devote much preparation time determining the most advantageous day-light affects. Doing figure pieces, which she called ‘people pictures,’ “she worked as hard on the backdrop setting as on the primary subject. And for portraits, she required five or six sittings, with the first one focused on getting to know the person so both the artist and subject could be relaxed with each other. Of this preparation, she said: “I sit and chat, give them a cup of coffee, and let them settle into natural poses.” (Movalli) And with her still life, Jane planned them carefully, so that they had variations of colors, patterns, and textures, and no artificial light. She often took advantage of the natural daylight from her studio’s north window. Her art education began at Rockford College in Illinois where she majored in art, but she credits her classes with Omaha impressionist painter Augustus Dunbier (1888-1977) as having the most influence on her work. She said that Dunbier “knew color thoroughly and could explain how to see and use it. . .He showed me that grass isn’t green, and that the sky isn’t plain blue. He loosened me up. He taught me the difference between warm and cool and how to get the most out of color by exaggerating it—that is he got me to see things that aren’t really there. . . .a different kind of seeing.” (Movalli) Jane Scott was born in Omaha in 1918 to Dr. Claude Uren and Irma Krug Wiedemann Uren. Her father was Chair at Creighton University of the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat. Her mother was a German language teacher at Brownell Hall, a private, Episcopal grade school for girls. However, Irma Uren died when Jane was six years old. Her father remarried, and his second wife, Gertrude Riedy, legally adopted Jane. She attended Dundee Elementary School and Central High School in Omaha; Rockford College in Illinois; and in 1940, she married William Hamilton Scott, an engineer. The couple first lived at 52nd and Blondo, then the outskirts of Omaha. With his employment, they were transferred several times including to Trenton, New Jersey; and Mankato, Minnesota, but in 1949, they moved back to Omaha, and in later years the couple moved to Elkhorn, Nebraska. They had three children, including a daughter, Judith, who is an artist. Jane devoted time to raising her family, but in 1955, began serious, "structured-work-ethic commitment" to her painting. (Goodwin) Widowed in 2003, Jane Scott died February 16, 2011. Source

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