Born in England U.K, at age three I contracted meningitis. My eyes were damaged which impaired how I saw the world and experienced life. Initially after the illness I was kept isolated at home due to my compromised immune system, which became a time of great loneliness for me. To assist in the long recovery process my father brought for me a huge roll of butcher’s paper to paint on. That unleashed the artist! I discovered that imagination had no boundaries and what was lacking in reality could be created on paper - color, people, animals, sound and movement all came to life. I\\\'ve been creating my own reality ever since. Now recovered, I have dedicated my life to creating art, specializing in oil pastel and acrylic painting. I also help others find their creative muse through the art classes that I teach in the community where I now live in the United States, and through my bead party business www.GirlieGirlBeads.com.
The creativity of human nature has enabled us to live outside of the natural environment, but this has not stopped us from bringing this natural environment into our artificial world. My work depicts this peculiar marriage that we have created between our planet, its animals and ourselves.
Education and Experience.
Leek College of Art and Design., BA prep
Loughborough College of Art and Design, BA Fine Art Painting
Birmingham Polytechnic, Post Graduate Certificate Art & Design Education Certificate RP87/37651
State Teacher Certification Board - State of Illinois: Secondary teaching certificate, Grade 6 - 12: # 2405629
Teaching Experience: North Staffs College of Further Education, Merton Alternative School, Little Friends School, Naperville Park District, School Dist 308 Substitute Teacher. Oswegoland Park District, Fox River Academy of Music and Art.
Arts Administrator: Naperville Park District
Business Owner: www.JaneWilcoxsonStudios.com
Business Owner: www,GirlieGirlBeads.com
Philanthropic Service: Founding member of Magical Starlight Theater, founding member Naperville Foundation for the Arts, founding member and past president of Kendall Arts Guild, past board member Summer Place Theater, past teacher representative to Merton School PTA, current member Naperville Arts Guild.
Yorkville Library Solo show, Oct- Nove 2012
Montgomery Library Solo show, Nov-Dec 2012
Plano Library Sept - Oct 2011
Provena Mercy Hospital Mcauley Manor, Solo show, Aurora IL 2011
Edwards Hospital Center for Healing Arts, Solo Show, Naperville IL 2011
Oswego Library, IL, solo show and speaking engagement 2010
Yorkville Library, IL, solo show and speaking engagement 2010
Shaumburg Festival of the Arts, IL, national juried show 2009
Oak Brook Center, IL, national juried fine art fair 2009
Evanston Lake Shore Arts festival, Il, national juried show 2009
North Shore Art League, Fine Art Fair, Willamette, IL, national juried show 2009
Aurora Cultural Center, IL, Lost and Found Exhibit, national juried show 2009
LaGrange Fine Art Fair, IL, national juried show 2009
The Peoria Art Guild Gallery, IL, gallery representation
Oswego Fine Art Fair IL, (Third place in show award), juried show 2007
Yorkville, Promenade of the Arts, IL. (Best in show award) juried show 2005
Naperville Women’s Club Art Fair, IL, national juried show 2004
Loughborough College of Art and Design Permanent collection, group show 1984
Keele University, Newcastle-Under-Lyme Perminent Collection, solo show, 1985
Buxton Art Gallery and Museum, Derbyshire, one woman show1985
Beaumont Hall, Leistershire, one woman show1986
Royal Overseas League, London. international juried show 1988