The landscape places I study have a familiar but refreshing way as light changes form -- often highlighting subtleties of contour. Ever changing, atmospheric and dream-like, the land reflects a deep harmony and it is this presence that is the subject in my paintings. 


I often use colored pencils or watercolor as a way of remembering ideas and within the ritual of setting up palette, brushes, and painting surface, encaustic work begins.  Flat shapes and color contrasts suggest landscape depth and I allow the fluidity of molten beeswax to influence direction while working.  The unpredictable expression of molten beeswax I find inventive as I brush, pour and carve successive layers in revisions that are sometimes lengthy. 



Jane Forth lives in rural Virginia and paints the landscape surrounding her home from study and imagination. Using encaustic painting medium of molten pigmented beeswax, her techniques of brushing, pouring and carving wax build translucent surfaces of color and depth. Within the process of working, Forth experiments with color. She paints an image, applies heat to fuse the wax and repaints wax layers in numerous succession to create translucent and luminous painted surface.  She works intuitively but with a critical eye in capturing and communicating the dreaminess and tranquility of the capacious vista of this landscape.


Forth has been exhibiting her work in the greater Washington DC area since 1975,after completing a BFA at the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She frequently exhibits at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her encaustic paintings have been exhibited in New York, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Additionally, she is a member of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild where she has exhibited watercolors at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Selected Recent Exhibits:


Two Person

2019: Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA            

2017: Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA               

          Middle Street Gallery, Washington, VA

2016: Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA



2019:  Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, California, International Encaustic Artists

2018:  Museum of the Shenandoah, Winchester, VA; Shenarts Juried Exhibit

2018: Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, National Exhibit, Passages,

           Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, The Power of Red, First Place

2017: Atlantic Gallery, NYC, International Encaustic Artists

           Phoenix Gallery, NYC, Women’s Caucus for Art

           Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM, National 

           Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA

2016:International Encaustic Conference, Truro, MA

          Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, National  Exhibit

          Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts; Regional Exhibit

 2015: Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, National Exhibit, Fredericksburg, VA, 

           Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Regional Exhibit, Fredericksburg VA, 

           Fresh AIR Gallery, Culpepper, VA; Best of the Piedmont

           Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA, New Watercolor

2014:  River District Arts, Sperryville, VA, Piedmont Artist Showcase



2019: Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington DC

2018: Cooley Gallery, Leesburg, VA 

2016:Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington DC 

          Burrison Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, 

          City Center, Charlottesville, VA;

          Shenandoah National Park Trust, Shenandoah National Park

          Fresh AIR  Gallery, Culpepper, VA 

2010 - 2015: Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring MD, Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD; Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD, Frostburg State University, Frostburg MD 

Delaplaine Art Center, FrederickMD


Professional Organizations:International Encaustic Artists; Encaustic Art Institute; Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, Women’s Caucus for Art



Collectors include: 

Mr. and Mrs. Ed St. John, Front Royal VA Ms. Cherl Crews, Casselton VA

Mr. John Sweat, Sperryville VA

Mrs. Constance Vest, Culpeper VA 

Mr. and Mrs. Hockheimer, Spotsylvania VA 



Mr. Matthew Egeli, Fishersville VA; 

Ms. Janet Eden, Charlottesville VA; 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fuller, MD 

Mr. Jay Fagen, Rockford MI; 

Mr. and Mrs. A. Jones, Ontario Canada




1971 BFA University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 

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