"I hope that my work will inspire people to recognize and enjoy the hidden treasures all around us and to pause, when they can, to examine and appreciate life's mysteries and gifts."
Jane (Mayhook) Friedman is a Northwest artist who finds inspiration and creativity on the shores of Puget Sound. Influenced by her childhood in the Midwest and 15 years in Alaska as a young adult, Jane now calls Bremerton, Washington home.
Jane completed her BFA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her BFA exhibition titled 'From Innocence to Experience,' was selected for the 'Recognizing Excellence' award and marked her artistic debut. During her time in Alaska, she was frequently in solo and group shows, including at the Stonington Gallery and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art. Jane also exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, where her work is now part of their permanent collection.
Jane was featured in 'Icebreakers: Alaska's Most Innovative Artists' by Julie Decker, a compilation of selected contemporary visual artists in Alaska. Jan Ingram, a writer at the Anchorage Daily News, also observed that Jane's exhibit, "Illusions, Disillusions, and Re-illusions," was well received and made her an overnight sensation within artistic circles. Ingram recognized her as "one of the freshest and most daring artists to emerge at that time."
Jane has served as an art instructor at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. After moving down to Washington, she was co-owner of Friedman Oens Gallery on Bainbridge Island from 2016-2020. During this time, she volunteered with the Collective Visions Gallery (CVG), which hosts a statewide-juried art competition in Bremerton. Her works were selected for the CVG show between 2016 and 2018, and she earned the Purchase Prize Award in 2016 for her painting titled "Imagine." She also won the People's Choice Award in 2012 for her work "Buffalo" in a juried art show at Antioch University in Seattle.
Jane finds inspiration in nature, humans, and human nature, while predominantly using encaustic and oils in her work and often incorporating three-dimensional elements. The contrast between mixed mediums gives her artwork substance and complexity, allowing the viewer to see repurposed or natural objects from a new perspective.
- Image and Abstractions, Northwind Gallery(Port Townsend, WA)
- Innocence to Experience, Alaska Museum of Art Anchorage(Alaska)
- Intimations, Stonington Gallery(Alaska)
- State Museum Juneau(Alaska)
- University of Iowa
- University of Alaska Anchorage
- Featured in Icebreakers: Alaska’s Most Innovative Artists, by Julie Decker (March, 2001)