Jane graduated from the University Of Western Ontario with her Bachelor Of Fine Arts degree in 1983. After graduating her focus was on painting. She became known for her large acrylic portraits and exhibited her work in numerous juried and solo art shows throughout Southwestern Ontario.
In 1986, Jane ‘changed gears’, moved to Toronto, and attended George Brown College studying Commercial Art. She established her career as a graphic designer working at firms in Toronto, then in London at Fanshawe College, and finally, her own business, Atkinson Graphics. She retired from the design industry in 2017.
Recently, Jane's focus has returned to her artwork. Her continued fascination with portraiture has broadened to include birds and pets as well as people.
Jane lives in Belmont, Ontario with her husband and daughter. Her work is in private art collections throughout Ontario and the United States.