Jane Lawton Baldridge
Jane has spent her life on the water, racing, cruising, and as a boat captain. For five decades, she has painted moving water from various perspectives in various media using viscosity and alchemy to elicit the paint to tell her story.
In 2023 Jane participated in Emerge Yourself: Art with Purpose, with Michelle Drummond at the Palm Beach Design Showroom, Lake Worth, FL, the FLAG Annual Symposium exhibit Sensations at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL, Water at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, and Boundless NAWAFL at the Levis JCC, Judi & Allan Schuman Museum Gallery.
Her film Wisdom of the Waves is currently an award winner in:
8 & Halfilm Awards-Rome: Best Documentary Short
New York Movie Awards- NYC: Gold Award: Short Documentary
Sweet Democracy Film Awards- Cannes: Best Art House Film
Swedish International Film Festival - Arvika: Best Documentary Short
World Film Carnival – Singapore(WFCS): Film on Nature / Environment / Wildlife
In 2022, her Chesapeake Bay edition of Oceana Phenomena – Sea Level Stories was in the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The Florida Oceana Phenomena – Sea Level Stories was in the Sanger and Zabar Project Galleries at The Studios of Key West.
In 2021 the Elliott Museum featured: Portfolios – Jane Lawton Baldridge, A Sea Story Girl, curated by Alicia Weber. Other notable exhibits include shows in the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona (2023), Coos Art Museum(2022), ONE ART SPACE(2021), Times Square(2012), The Musée du Louvre(2015), Lincoln Center (2000&2003), the Museum of Computer Art(2001), the Mint Museum(2004), the Cameron Museum of Art, the Fayetteville Museum of Art and the World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia2000). She has been published and her “We the People,” 911 Tribute, is in the print archives of the Library of Congress.
She attended the California Institute of the Arts and the Alfred G. Glassel Museum School.
Most of my memories revolve around the coast or the deep ocean blue. Sailing on it, submerged in its lusty turquoise embrace or at the very least staring at it yearning to feel, smell and taste it. Possibly these feelings consume me because we evolved from creatures that crawled out of the ocean and now, I want to go back. Or maybe, the water is the only place I feel at peace, at home, content.
My paintings are stories about my life on the water. Perfect days spent scudding along on the wavelets that reflect diamonds or bashing headlong into waves trying to survive the storm. I am grateful to have an unusual history of waterborne adventures. I want to share my stories and experiences with the audience in hopes of heightening their awareness of its importance, beauty, and fragility.
Inspired by watching my childhood sandcastles fall to the impertinent waves, my Sea Level Chronicles are 3-D “people and animals” meant to bring awareness to the increased flooding of coastal areas as well as the threats of permanent inundation.
First moved by the beautiful images by Jacques Cousteau in contrast to the hideous poisoned waters of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, I have wanted to clean up the water. Now just staving off the assault is daunting. My video Wisdom of the Waves is meant to push people to do something, even if it is just one thing.
Join me on my journey, reflect in my recap; most importantly learn to breathe deep the salt air.