Insights revealed at Evans' funeral
"My paintings are celebrations."MICHELLE SUTTON
Never-before seen writing by Nelson artist Jane Evans talking about her work, was revealed at her funeral in Nelson on Saturday.
Evans, who died this month, aged 65, after battling lupus, a chronic debilitating health condition, was an esteemed artistic leader in Nelson and an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The celebrated Nelson painter and supporter of the arts was given the final say on her life's works in a speech by fellow artist and friend Anne Rush.
She shared a short statement written by Evans at Saturday's funeral, attended by about 400 people in Nelson's Christ Church Cathedral.
"This week a short artist statement on a small piece of golden paper was found in Jane's studio. These are her words
'My paintings are celebrations - expressions of delight in my intimate world, interpretations of my immediate environment, of people I am in contact with both familiar and anonymous, who touch my everyday life with idiosyncratic diversity.
"Line, rhythm and shape interest me, but my primary interest is colour and the variety of emotional responses achieved by balancing this colour, against that, to build the mood I desire - Jane Evans," Ms Rush read out.
She described the gap left among Nelson's artistic community: "Jane created a large body of artworks in her lifetime. Like artists John Gully and Toss Woollaston her paintings will always associate with our place ... Nelson and are her legacy."
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