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, on 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.
Join me on my journey, reflect in my recap; most importantly learn to breath deep the salt air.
Jane Lawton Baldridge, lives and works in Stuart, Florida. She studied fine art at California Institute of Art (1977-78) and Alfred G. Glassel Museum School (1978-1982).
Selected recent exhibitions include Oceana Phenomena: Keys Sea Level Stories, October, 2022, Sanger and Zabar Project Galleries, The Studios of Key West, Florida. Oceana Phenomena: Sea Level Stories Annapolis, July – November, 2022, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. Portfolios: Jane Lawton Baldridge, A Sea Story Girl, June – November, 2021, curated by Alicia Weber at The Elliott Museum, Stuart, Florida.
My practice focuses on abstract seascape paintings called sea stories; and the sea level stories are 3-dimensional human forms, covered in recycled charts specific to areas at risk of inundation, and painted to show the water rising up their bodies. My work about water is my passion. It is the culmination of an unusual life spent revering the oceana.