Current Events:
Upcoming fall 2017 - new work from Skokie will be displayed at Willock and Sax Gallery in Banff Alberta.
I have just been selected to participate in the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation Art Residency in Taos New Mexico in 2018


Projects:
Over time, it has turned out that journeys turn into painting projects or bodies of work. Sometimes it is difficult to move on from painting an experience before the next one comes along, and occasionally I will return and add to a body of work. I have included here the larger and more notable projects and events. To view the gallery of paintings for any project please click on the image, or you can go straight to the Galleries page.

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New Jersey New York Exhibition
Four of my Arctic Circle paintings were exhibited the Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey (ending January 3, 2016) with work from several fellow participants from The Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard. It was wonderful to attend the discussion panel event and reconnect with some of the other artists.








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Painting Purchased by Canadian Foreign Affairs for Canada House in London UK
I am very proud to have a painting in the Canadian Foreign Affairs Permanent Collection, it is displayed in the Queen Elizabeth Atrium on the first floor of Canada House.

The Canada House website shows the complete collection and information about the new building, http://www.canadahousecollection.co.uk/






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The Arctic Circle Artist Residency
This International Residency brought 27 artists from 11 different countries together for three weeks in the autumn of 2013 to experience the International Territory of Svalbard, also known as Spitsbergen. We traveled by tall ship amidst this archipelago of islands north of Norway, approximately 900 km from the north pole. This was such a unique experience, and I am still contemplating its impact on me as I explore it post-trip through the paintings which are still in progress.

I gratefully thank the Yukon Advanced Artist Award and the Canada Council for support funding for this Residency. Following this adventure, I attended the Banff Centre for a thematic Residency (Winterjourney 2014) for a period of focus to start this body of work.

For more information about the Arctic Circle Residency visit www.thearcticcircle.org
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Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
This special Park comprises the southern half of the archipelago of Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the West coast of Canada. This landscape is so different to what I am used to - forests so tall and deep that I was inside the landscape instead of on it. A place of quiet power, a veritable Shangri-La of coastal beauty with its' soft grays of misty mornings, ocean blues and greens, seaweed and kelp in orange and gold, whales and deer, sunshine, halibut and crab for dinner.

And then there were the old Haida villages. Paintings by Emily Carr and the Jade Canoe sculpture by Bill Reid were my reference points to Haida culture before I arrived, but the firsthand experience emphasized change and the passing of time. The images in my mind were 100 years old and a hungry rain forest has been at work since. The old totems and house sites are allowed to make their natural progression back to the earth and a dignified vigil is kept by the Haida watchmen and women who take turns staying at the sites, supervising and sharing their cultural history with the visitors who come. At first I was quite surprised and saddened that the villages were being "lost", but I came to respect this decision by a people who choose to focus on rebuilding a living culture. New poles are being carved and new stories will be told.
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Ivvavik National Park, Artist in the Park Rresidency
In the summer of 2009, I visited Ivvavik National park in the northern-most part of the Yukon Territory along with five other artists. We flew in from Inuvik N.W.T. and camped for ten days at the Park headquarters where an old mining operation is being reclaimed. Here I found myself drawn into rolling alpine mountains cut by the Firth River on its final stretch to the Beaufort Sea, a landscape mostly above treeline, rocky and severe, yet home to so many delicate wildflowers.

The area is imprinted with the presence of past inhabitants; the braided trails of the Porqupine Caribou Herd traversing the landscape, the archeological sites from the Inuvialuit people who traditionally moved though this area and who co-manage the Park area today, and various artifacts, from old tools to a large excavator left from the now defunct mine.

Surprisingly, for such a remote area it was a pretty busy place. Several Biologists were there doing insect research. Two rafting groups came through, (one taking us for a joy-ride downriver for a bit!) Another group of Scientists doing bear research dropped in (by plane), as did a group of Park Administrators for a meeting. However, with a little elevation gain, we were, as a map would indicate, as far from civilization as you can get.
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Tatshenshini/Alsek Rivers
The Tatshenshini River is a spectacular river that runs through the largest bio-preserve in the world. After leaving the Yukon, the river flows through northern British Columbia, then feeds into the Alsek River, passes through Alsek Lake with it's giant freshwater glaciers, before ending in the Gulf of Alaska.

On a two week rafting trip with day hikes up into the alpine, I experienced more beauty that I can paint, (but I will try). Highlights of this trip were hiking up Sediments Creek , building a temporary sweat hut on the beach of Alsek Lake - and the accompanied plunge into icy Alsek Lake.
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Burnside River
The Burnside River flows north from Kathawachaga Lake in the Northwest Territories into Bathurst Inlet and the Beaufort Sea. I traveled through this amazing landscape by raft with Nahanni River Adventure Tours in the summer of 2003. I found the Barren Lands to be anything but barren; what appears sparse due to the absence of forest is abundantly rich with unique plant life, albeit close to the ground, and wildlife.

The trip coincided with the the spring migration of the Bathurst caribou herd, and their presence naturally invited grizzly bears and wolves to make their appearances too. There were also musk-ox, fox, bird life and various other little critters. As exciting as it was to have so many close up encounters with large numbers of wildlife, I found the landscape of this area incredibly calming; long days of light with little impeding your vision or your desire to walk into a vast rolling terrain brimming with wildflowers.
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Landscape as Muse Television Series
The 291 Film Co. produces an art documentary series called "Landscape as Muse" shown on Bravo, Knowledge Network and SCN. I was very happy to be featured along with other western Canadian artists in the 2006 series.

For three days the producer, his compact crew and I visited the White Pass area in southern Yukon for sketching/painting sessions and then upon returning to my studio, I worked with the material to produce some larger pieces. Admittedly, trying to concentrate on painting while a camera was pointed at me was difficult, as is trying to put into words something that isn't about language, but it was a great experience and I thank the crew for producing a really interesting series of programs.

For more information, visit 291 Film Company Inc.
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ThreeRivers Project
In the summer of 2003, the Yukon Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society organized three concurrent river trips, sending artists, writers, biologists, journalists and photographers from across the country, down three Yukon Rivers; the Wind, the Snake and the Bonnet Plume, all of which converge into the Peel River. I was lucky enough to experience the Bonnet Plume in a canoe (most of the participants were in rafts), and this made for a very intimate relationship with the river!

This effort to generate awareness and conservation of the Peel River Watershed, resulted in the production of a travelling art exhibition and the publication of a beautiful book called "Three Rivers: The Yukon's Great Boreal Wilderness".


My artist statement and inspiration for these paintings.
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Migration Series
The Migration Series was my first large body of work after finishing my BFA. I had moved to the Yukon and was painting small oil landscapes when a friend asked for a painting that included wildlife. That initial painting was quite different from everything else and it was then that I started a shift to larger formats with acrylic paint in a more abstracted style, often using multiple panels. I am still moved by the seasons and migrations of my home Territory, and this particular series of paintings continues to influence my approach to painting, seeking out not just the visible, but imagined aspects of the workings of the natural environment.

While I was at a Residency at the Banff Centre to work on the Three Rivers Project, a poet named Robin Chapman came to see my presentation (which was largely the Migration Series), and she wrote a poem about the paintings. With her permission, I include it here for you.


In Jane's painting , the caribou
Carry light in their antlers,
Light in their hooves, circles of light
In their bodies, repeating the circle
Of light that never sets in the sky--
Threads of light link them to each other
In the river of animals traveling
A thousand Arctic miles.
Salmon leap up the rapids, carrying
Fire in their sides.