JANE MCWHORTER

My artwork seems to move in stages. I work in a particular form or style, which then, after several years, morphs into something else.

My photography was originally film based, in black and white, with a significant concentration on print quality. I loved the magic of the darkroom process. Later I began hand-painting my images to explore the use of color in a non-literal and non-traditional form.

Now, in this digital world, I use the power and potential of the computer as a tool to take my photography into a more emotive realm. The actual shooting of the image is just a starting point. My intention is not to take a photograph, but instead to make a photograph.

I selectively enhance or diminish certain areas of the initial image to create a specific vision. Subject matter is unimportant to me. I can be drawn to the beauty of a rusted section of an old bridge or the abstract reflections on a polished antique car. What I am interested in is the interaction of color, form and texture wherever I might find it.

In this world where so much is ugly and violent, my hope is to make something beautiful.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jane McWhorter has been a full-time resident of the Berkshires in Massachusetts since 1970. Her father, Lester, a respected art and photography teacher, was a strong artistic influence. Jane grew up in the family’s small apartment surrounded by art books, cameras, and darkroom equipment. It was not unusual to find photographic chemicals on the bathroom shelf next to the Ajax.

Jane received her B.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, which she attended on a full-tuition scholarship. After SVA she worked in the art department of Doyle, Dane & Bernbach Advertising Agency and later as a freelance designer for Push Pin Studios and New York Magazine.

In the Berkshires Jane met and married filmmaker John MacGruer and they formed BlueSkyMultiMedia, a full-service visual communications company.

Jane has exhibited her photographs in various galleries since 1974. She works as a professional graphic designer and has taught photography and graphic design at schools and colleges for over 40 years.