Jane grew up in Winnsboro, LA. After attending college at Mississippi State University, she married Jerry Hartfield, Jr. and moved to Memphis, TN. Jane and Jerry lived in Memphis 11 years and had a daughter and son before moving to Fort Smith, AR in 1976. Jane went back to school at Westark Community College and graduated as a registered nurse in 1979. She then worked in Labor and Delivery in a local hospital for 21 years. After her nursing career, she worked for the hospital’s volunteer organization, Sparks Guild, as assistant manager and then manager of its gift shop. She retired from the gift shop in 2011 and is now working full time as a fiber artist.
Although Jane has not had formal art training, she has taken classes from many famous quilt teachers and artists and has learned and used numerous techniques for working with fiber in its many forms. Over the years she has sewn garments and costumes, embroidered, knitted, crocheted, and quilted. Now she dyes fabrics and yarns; combines quilting and machine embroidery; embellishes with beads, shells and metal to produce original wall hangings.
Artist Statement Fiber + Color = Layers of Joy. That is the name I chose for my first one-person show. Now I feel that it perfectly describes my philosophy and motivation for creating art. Fiber has always drawn my attention and has become my medium of choice. Fiber can be (1) fabric, whether cotton, silk, rayon, or man-made; (2)yarn of cotton, wool, silk, or synthetic; (3)paper; (4)metal mesh or strands; and (5) thread. The choices are endless and endlessly exciting.
The textures offer the wonderful tactile experience of fiber art. It draws you in, compels you to touch, and reminds you of past experience or provokes you to consider new ideas. That is what drives me to produce more artwork and try new combinations and techniques. Color is so important to all of us. Whether I am dyeing or painting fiber, piecing fabrics or choosing threads or beads for surface design, the color combinations and sometimes the surprising results energize me to press on. Monochromatic color schemes can be just as satisfying as the scrappy look of using every color in the rainbow. I never tire of the challenge of finding just the right color to provide an extra punch to one of my pieces.
“Layers of Joy” refers to the way I combine fiber and color and in the process feel total joy and satisfaction. I am truly blessed to be able to produce art that makes me so happy and pleases other people as well. I plan to continue in my pursuit of creating art and am eager to see the evolution of my abilities as they unfold.