Jane Darke lives on the north coast of Cornwall. She describes herself as a 'wrecker, beach comber, film maker, writer and artist'.
Her first film 'The Wrecking Season' was made with her husband, the late Nick Darke. This and her subsequent 'The Art of Catching Lobsters' were shown on BBC4. She is also curator of the St Eval Archive, a collection of the recorded memories and photographs of her local community. This is based at Tregona Chapel, St Eval, owned by her partner Andrew Tebbs, sculptor.
Her latest film, made in conjunction with Tebbs, celebrates the life and work of Cornwall's well-loved poet. 'The Poet Charles Causley' was shown on BBC4 in 2017.
Darke studied Printed Textiles at Middlesex University and the Royal College of Art. While studying for her BA and MA degrees, she drew and painted her life with Nick Darke. From 1985 to 2002 she worked exclusively as a painter, and continues to do so, though her film making and writing has since taken priority.
Painting in oils on paper, canvas and board.
'Held by the Sea' by Jane Darke (pub. Souvenir Press) 2009