Jane Tyree McEldowney
A practicing attorney and a licensed psychotherapist with a full-time mediation practice, Jane was in London for a legal conference in 2015 when she visited one of her favorite museums, The Tate Modern. In an act of complete spontaneity, Jane purchased a few art supplies from the museum gift shop thinking that she might try to create a colorful image to use on a new business card. No one was more surprised than Jane when — long after the new business cards were complete – she continued to paint and to create. Within the year, a stand-alone studio was designed and built, and the artist within — previously unrecognized — had fully emerged.
When creating at her best, Jane is no longer in the room and her creative alter ego, Tyree, is alone in the studio. This transformation in consciousness and the state of being that results is what research psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi refers to as “flow”. Jane believes that art is an interactive feedback loop: the artist feels and creates, the viewer views and feels, and then – and only then — is the work actually complete.
“The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks her own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through her.”
-CJ Jung, The Spirit in Man, Art & Literature, first published in Berlin, 1930.
Inspired by a diverse array of source materials, Jane’s work fluctuates, expands, and shatters convention. Her works vibrate in bold, layered compositions of colors and textures that keep the viewers’ senses alert and their minds actively searching for meaning unique unto themselves. Nothing in Jane’s work is ever premeditated. Rather, it reveals itself and Jane relies on it to announce itself complete. Exemplary of this process is the metal art which begins with a painting, then becomes a close-up photograph of a portion of a painting, and then transforms yet again when the photograph is transferred to metal.