I was raised in Southeast Ohio, but consider Los Angeles home now. My mother is a trained professional artist, but I ended up studying science and pharmacy in college. Making a living as an artist in a rural area seemed daunting at the time. It wasn’t until I realized I had more to say, that communicating visually was very important to me, that I began painting.
I am self-taught, and currently work with acrylics on canvas. In the past I’ve made large art cakes with edible sculptural elements.
I like working with both dark and light subject matter: sometimes it’s ocean landscapes, or pure whimsy, other times darker surreal figurative or portrait work.
The drawings I create are mainly of native or near native plants that can sustainably survive and prosper in the southern California climate. The works address and celebrate living reasonably with the natural resources of the chaparral and the semidesert confines of the southern-most locations of California. The metaphor that rings within these works addresses the human effort to find a place, a home in the world we live in.
In a similar vein, I will also be exhibiting a series of small oil paintings of significant trees with emphasis on details of their leaves.
Another series I will be showing for this season’s Brewery Art Walk is a collection called “Baby Cakes,” which are fun, painterly renditions of sweet delights.
Jane Szabo is a Los Angeles based fine art photographer with an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Her work investigates issues of self and identity. Using self-portraiture and still life as a vehicle to share stories from her life, her work merges her love for fabrication and materials, with conceptual photography. Szabo brings many facets of visual art into her photographic projects, incorporating sculptural, performance and installation elements into her work, and her imagery is often infused with humor and wonder. .
Szabo’s photography has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, the Yuma Fine Art Center in Arizona, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography, The Colorado Center for Photographic Arts, San Diego Art Institute, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, the Kaohsiung International Photographer Exhibition in Taiwan, and Foto Fever in Paris, France.
Her photographs have been featured in many publications and blogs including: The Huffington Post, Lenscratch, Mono Chroma Magazine, Silvershotz, Bokeh Bokeh, L’Oeil de la Photographie, F-Stop Magazine, Foto Relevance, Fraction, Your Daily Photo, A Photo Editor, Don’t Take Pictures, Art & Cake, Diversions LA, ArtsMeme, and others.
Jane Szabo’s work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA), the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH), and in private collections throughout the US, and Europe.