ARTSPEAKS Visual Stories by
Jane Lawton Baldridge
I began with a traditional education and mediums, including drawings, water color, oils and acrylic which were very popular with buyers for over fifteen years. I started getting edgy and wanted to push past traditional work and I found it in computers. I have been using the computer as an art medium since 1991. The process of "playing" provides an infinite number of paths to explore with ever-changing results. To rein this situation in a bit I started to focus on subjects of significant historical relevance to me. The disappearing corner grocery stores that used to be the cornerstones of many neighborhoods were my first focus.

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I then progressed on to maritime interests, the plight of the local watermen, whose families' existence for generations has depended on fishing, people who are dependent on fishing, people who are having to leave such an honorable profession because of pollution and tourism.

My "Stories" began being created on the computer with an assemblage of collected materials including family relics, love letters, dead roses and more.  After a three day international art colony experience at Bald head Island, 2002, where I painted three "analog" paintings, with stories, I realized the next path was to merge painting and computer in a more organic form than I could achieve from just the computer. These new pieces represent what I have been working toward for 30 years. Unlike my previous work which would be similar in size, material and subject matter, I have taken a much broader approach to this work with my heart, my thought patterns and my palette.