Jane Stanfel Capturing Forever


Born in Chicago in 1941, Jane developed a love of drawing and painting as a child bed-ridden with kidney disease, and art became her expression of her inner self. She won nearly every children’s art contest she entered. Though she studied the subject with private tutors in Florida and Texas, and took courses at Colorado State University, she feels she is mainly self-taught.

Her works, derived from minute observation of nature and man, are often based on drawings. By looking through the inner eye, she is able to invest her works with poetic feeling and transcendent significance which reveals the spirituality inherent in both. Jane has traveled to many lands, and this is reflected in her art. Her style, whether in oil, watercolor, pencil, or pen and ink, combines realism and impressionism. She feels that painting the details of the pictorial moment in rich, varying hues creates the reality of the painting.

Her work has been displayed not only in the United States but also Europe. From February 16th through March 22, 2010 she will have an exhibition at the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell, Montana. From 1 February through 1 March, 2011 Jane will have an exhibition in the main gallery at the Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana and she will have a MAGDA sponsored exhibition, summer 2012 at the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney, Montana. Her major exhibitions include a two month long solo exhibition entitled Ghost Ranches of Montana, at the Musselshell County Museum, Roundup, Montana, August and September 2008;a month long solo exhibition entitled Ghost Ranches, at Jadite Galleries in New York City, June 2008; Ghost Ranches of Montana, at the Lewistown Art Center, Lewistown, Montana, January 2008; a four-person show, Lands and Their People, in Brussels, Belgium, 2002; a solo exhibition, Visions from Norway, at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, Washington, 2000; and two solo exhibitions, each entitled The Seasons of Norway, at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C., 2001, 2002 She has participated in juried shows in Billings and Roundup, Montana, 2003-2006, and has had solo exhibitions at galleries in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1997 and 1998. Her painting, Old Time Branding, was chosen as the logo for the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering, August, 2008.

Her paintings are found in fine homes throughout the United States and Europe. The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington, D.C. and the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington each has one in its permanent collection. She completed a series of oil and watercolor paintings of endangered species for the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Gulf Shores, Alabama. Jane has also done a drawing of Mt. Ascension and the Montana State Capitol for The Prickly Pear Land Trust, Helena, Montana. Her painting entitled It Never Had Brakes, included in her Ghost Ranches of Montana exhibition, is featured in the book, Montana: Stories of the Land, by Krys Holmes, Montana Historical Society Press, Helena, Montana, 2008.

Jane is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and the Archives on Women Artists, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C. She and her art have been featured in magazines and newspapers including the Billings Gazette, the Agri News, and the Great Falls Tribune. Her art has been reviewed in the New York art journal, Gallery and Studio. June/July/ August 2008.

Her oil paintings have been sold in galleries throughout the United States including Kertesz International Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, Wilson Adams Art Gallery, Denver, Colorado, Dancing Bear Gallery, Evanston, Illinois, and on the web at 4030.com and JaneStanfel.com. Her watercolors are sold at Birds and Beasley, Helena, Montana; and on the web. Her cards and prints are for sale in Helena, Billings, and Roundup, Montana; at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, Washington; and on the web.

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