Jean Noble RI SWA

Artist’s Statement 

Jean exhibits regularly in the UK, mostly in the South of England. ‘‘All my work begins in front of the subject, 

whether in the urban landscape or the countryside. I allow my eyes to relax and my thoughts to absorb what 

is around me, so that from the initial sketch I make a response to my surroundings. 

Back in my studio I interpret my sketches into paintings that once started often dictate changes and further 

responses to colour and shapes that I recollect from my original interpretation’’


Some of my work is intimate, some giving depth in space and air. The density of colour, it’s transparency or 

opacity, the layers that build up the painting are designed to add richness to forms within the flatness of the 

canvas or paper. My work is an ongoing journey. So far the end is not in sight! My work has an ‘essential 

reality’ in it’s non figurative execution. Hopefully, giving an immediate contact with the viewer. 

All my pictures are the result of personal experience and whatever reorganisation of the subject has 

undergone in the process of painting, something of the colours and shapes I originally saw always remain. 

Paint represents space and makes it ‘actual’.

 I do not start with the idea, but with the experience. My source is from the ‘sensation’ of the place. The 

summarised compositions never entirely relinquish specific subject matter whether in cities, sea or landscape, 

though they exercise freedom of paint handling of an abstract nature. 

I believe the artist should provide a stimulating point of departure for thought and feeling by giving a strong 

image to which people can respond by emphasising, eliminating and clarifying to allow others a fresh 

viewpoint. The paintings are about reality without resorting to imitation.’ Jean creates personally meaningful 

work, working in oils, pastel and water based media in her studio from previously made sketches, except 

when commissions take her elsewhere. Her work is in private collections here and abroad.