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 Jane Uren Scott  (1918 - 2011)

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Lived/Active: Nebraska      Known for: still life, figure and landscape painting

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A pastel floral still life, landscape, and figure painter, Jane Scott lived her life in Nebraska, first in Omaha and then in Elkhorn.

She was a dedicated professional who followed a work schedule of painting three hours in the morning, breaking for lunch, and then painting several hours in the afternoon. She took Sunday off and saved Thursdays for errands and seeing friends. She was adamant about her schedule, saying that you either go forwards or backwards but it is fatal to stand still.

She began painting as a young women, but was able to dedicate herself to it professionally after the first thirteen years of raising children when she got the youngest in school. She painted first in oils but changed because she found pastels much easier for working colors over colors, for portability, and also found them much more cheerful than the heavier oils. She worked on warm grey paper and begins with a rough sketch but usually has most of it in her head. She was very careful about draftsmanship.

Most of her work is cheerful in tone, and she has said that she likes painting that is full of joy.

Her long-time teacher was Augustus Dunbier, 1888-1977, whom she credits as knowing color: "He saw more clearly than most people" ("American Artist," 1/85).

She died on October 17, 2011.

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