Jane graduated from the Tasmanian School of Art, in 1984, when it was situated at Mount Nelson, in the hills above Hobart. After graduation, Jane spent an extra year enrolled in the printmaking department learning to etch and eventually she completed two Masters degrees, one in painting and one in lithography.
Jane is represented by https://www.pennycontemporary.com.au/ in Hobart and https://www.janetclaytongallery.com.au/ in Sydney.
Jane’s plein air, and studio work, is influenced by the Australian landscape and the people and animals who work in it. Life in the bush, mountains and rural universes fills her lungs and mind with the scratch and grit, the heat and wind and vibrating,freezing air which keeps her work full of the verve she desires. The human animal progresses on its merry go round and yet behaves self destructively. Like a feral creature, a virus, it is a wonderful organism in uninhabitable places. Struggle is perpetual and defiant; it keeps Jane moving.
She has had fifteen solo exhibitions since 2005 and was a finalist in the Ravenswood National Women's Art Prize, The Lloyd Rees, The Wyndham, The Outback, the Glover, the Whyalla, the Muswellbrook, the Alice, the Cossack, the Paddington and John Leslie Art and Hutchins prizes. Her work has appeared in the Redlands, Fisher's Ghost (Photography) and Blacktown Art Prizes.
In 2015 Jane was invited to participate in the Kedumba Drawing Prize and again in 2019 when she was awarded their first prize. Jane's work also gained first prize in the Blacktown City Art Prize and in 2014, first prize at the Burnie Regional Gallery MancellTasArt Award. The Burnie, Broken Hill and the Karratha Regional Galleries and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery have acquired her work. It is also held in various public and private collections.
Jane developed a large family project, I Shed My Skin, A Furneaux Islands Story, a collection of 91 works including black and white photography, ink and pigment works on paper and lithography. Commencing on Flinders Island, I Shed My Skin traveled around Tasmania during 2019 and 2020, finishing with the publication of a large illustrated book, documenting the project, it's over fifty participants, some of their history and the part - collaboration during the project with the wonderful local writer Pete Hay. https://petehaywriter.com.au/
The project's 34 black and white lithographic component responded to the Furneaux experiences and Pete's poetry and prose. The lithography's physical demands were invaluably supported by the work of Jane's husband Phill Mason.
Jane's travels have included most of Europe, in addition to the UK, Malta, Iceland and Britain, Siberia, Africa, South East Asia, Japan, the USA, South America and China.
In Australia, Jane has lived in NSW and Tasmania, and has traveled widely in most states.
For 37.5 years Jane taught students visual art right around Tasmania. Jane's final 23 years were in a central Hobart senior secondary college where she taught art history, theory, photography, painting, printmaking, life drawing, ceramics and sculpture.
Jane and Phill live with four cats in an ordinary old fashioned and very suburban cottage, where Jane has a drawing and painting room, a lithography studio and a darkroom.