|Scenes from Jane Eyre
|Charlotte Brontë is a great, visual writer; on every page of Jane Eyre spring astonishing descriptions of people (character and appearance), facades, interiors, nature and weather, inner visions and dreams. These descriptions are key to the emotional power of the novel, and to its complex symbolism and structure. I began painting some of the scenes in order to seeto hold for a momentwhat the words unfold in pictures as I read. In the first interview between Rochester and the new governess, he gets to know her by examining her watercolors. He understands her pictorial language, and asks, Were you happy when you painted these pictures? She replies, I was absorbed, sir: yes, and I was happy. To paint them, in short, was to enjoy one of the keenest pleasures I have ever known. Painting scenes from Jane Eyre is for me, as well. I'll be adding pictures as I make them.
Click on thumbnail for larger image (each thumbnail leads you to one or more images from a chapter in the book).
all paintings app. 9x12", oil on panel, 2012-2013