Jane Cheek

Raleigh, NC

Jane Cheek is a mixed media artist who works in an abstract expressionist style. She enjoys working with bright colors, metallic accents, and texture to create art that plays with whimsy and elegance. Her work is a daily practice of seeking and creating joy. Her color palette is inspired by nature, while her form and structure take inspiration from her life. Cheek uses the balance of artistic opposites to represent the balance of emotions she has as a survivor of child abuse with a happy life as an adult. She works with contradictory artistic elements such as: opacity and translucency; two dimensions and three; structure and complete abstraction; whimsy and elegance.

Jane Cheek attended North Carolina State University where she received a BA in Visual Arts Applications. She then completed her K-12 Visual Arts Teacher Certification at Eastern Carolina University. After graduating, Cheek taught art for five years at a K-8 charter school in Durham while working in her home studio and selling work at local art fairs. She took a few years off while her three children were newborns and then resumed work in her home studio. When she isn’t working on art, she and her family can be found living the unschooling life at local parks and museums, and travelling as often as possible.