Remover of Obstacles

Remover of Obstacles, oil, 16.75'' x 16.75'', 2007

Born and raised in Des Moines, Jane Robinette has lived in Iowa most of her life. Since she was a young girl, she has written poetry and prose and combined her words with color or images. Her love for the written word took priority for many years. After earning degrees in social work and law, and holding jobs for several years in each area, she left her law job in April 1998 to begin the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project ( and to do more creative work of her own. Jane Robinette's paintings are shown at galleries in Des Moines and Ames, and her website has images and audio clips of her poetry.

Jane Robinette writes: "My paintings contain glimpses of a search for meaning in music, animals and people, color, nature, memory, myth and mystery, among other things.

I work with the languages of both the written word and the visual.  Each can stand on its own, but I enjoy seeing what happens when I provide the space for their interplay, whether in a small-scale, abstract, acrylic painting or in a larger, more representational, oil painting.

I intend for the images and words expressed in my work not to limit viewers' responses, but rather to connect with and free them to consider their own life, dreams, memories and experiences—their own language."

Jane Robinette's website

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on April 16, 2009

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