Jane Rankin Artist at the Broadmoor Galleries
b. 1945 - 2019
I am a native of Lawton, Oklahoma, where several of my ancestors settled before statehood. My husband’s military career enabled us to live and visit many places in the US and overseas. Moving every few years across country, overseas, and back with children born along the way, has contributed to an exciting and challenging life.
I particularly enjoyed our tour in Turkey, which gave me the opportunity to view the classical sculpture of ancient Greece and increased my interest in this art form. Although I have dabbled in art most of my life and have always appreciated three-dimensional form, this experience solidified what has become my raison d’Ãªtre.
For the last fifteen years, my family and I have lived in Colorado and now consider Monument, a small town north of Colorado Springs, home. Since settling here, I have practiced my art, studying with several excellent sculptors at the Fechin Institute in Taos, New Mexico, the Scottsdale Artist School in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Loveland Academy of Fine Art in Loveland, Colorado.
I want to create sculpture with which people can identify, to provide a catalyst for reflections and pleasant memories. I believe that we need beauty in our lives for emotional and social well-being. My goal is to create art that has beauty and integrity in the craftsmanship and design.
At this time of my life, children are my preferred subjects. I have been a schoolteacher; have worked with children in volunteer activities; and have children and grandchildren of my own; it’s normal that I feel a connection with them. These years of observation have enabled my work to capture some of the naturalness and spontaneity of childhood.