Jane Crisp's art is inspired by, and imbued with, her love of the natural world. Born in Auckland, the artist moved to the more rural surrounds of the Waikato in the 1990s, and the wildlife of the region has provided the ideal subjects for her skills.
Crisp describes her work as an attempt to capture the reality of the natural world without reproducing specific instances. The images become miniature stage plays, often with the finished composition arrived at by the artist's intuition alone, rather than from any specific scene. The birds and other animals can almost be considered as portraits rather than simple wildlife studies, and the artist has the happy (and well-practised) knack of being able to capture the life in their eyes and the vitality in their poses.