Jane Means - Featured Artist October 2009
Jane Means was born in Chicago on July 19, 1943, five years after her parents had escaped to the United States as refugees from Germany during the Holocaust.
When her mother passed away suddenly, in 1990, Jane began to reassess her life. She had always enjoyed trips to Oregon to visit her brother, Lee, so in 1992 she relocated to Portland and taught Language Arts and G.E.D. Preparation for the Beaverton School District. In 1995, while attending Lewis and Clark College, she met Tom Means. As Jane readily admits, the third time is a charm! After marrying in 1997, Jane and Tom moved to the coast where Tom became a counselor for Astoria School District and she began the At-Risk Teaching program in Warrenton. She also taught English, Creative Writing, and Public Speaking. .
In 2001 Jane retired from teaching. She then took classes in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and was hired by the courts in Clatsop County to mediate domestic relations disputes. She has been involved in over 200 such cases to date. She and Tom have a small business called Means Consulting Services. She also continued writing children's stories, but pursuing her interest in art became her passion.
In 2002, she found TEAA and, her mentor, Shirley Dahlsten. Today, Jane's art leans toward impressionism with emphasis on color, movement and emotion. She prefers pastels, collage, acrylics and stone sculpture. She has had several one woman shows in Seaside. Her paintings have been accepted at many local galleries and at shows such as the Au Naturel show at Clatsop Community College. She has won several awards, most recently at the JENAE (Lewis and Clark) exhibit. She has sold pieces to collectors in OR, TX, Ill, CA, and WA.