About Jane LaFazio

Jane LaFazio (photo by Roxyanne Young)

Jane LaFazio

I am a mixed media artist working in paper and cloth.

I believe I’m living the life I was meant to live, that of an artist, art teacher, and partner of my beloved husband.

My Story: When I was a child, I would visit my father once a month, at his apartment in San Francisco, (my parents were divorced) and not only would he take me to museums, plays, and craft fairs (and to Haight Asbury!) he encouraged my creativity by making things. In his kitchen, he had a card table set up, laden with treasures like glitter and pipe cleaners and crepe paper. We would work there together, during my visits. At each holiday, as I recall, he made me giant Easter eggs full of candy, or two foot high Christmas trees of crepe paper, that I would take home on the train (usually, the creations needed their own seat!)

My mother, a working single mom of two, condoned my creativity by the simple unspoken rule, that if I was doing something creative (perhaps rearranging my doll house, drawing, or building a flag pole from broom handles in the backyard) she would not interrupt me to do chores. I was 16 when my mother brought home a stitchery kit (as a gift for a cousin.) I commandeered it and began my love of hand stitching. For many many years I worked kits of crewel work, needlepoint, and counted cross stitch. When I went back to school, in my late twenties, I took graphic design classes. I knew I loved working with my hands, but didn’t think I could ‘draw.’ I went on to work in technical illustration, graphic design and marketing for about 15 years.

It wasn’t until my husband’s brain aneurysm, in 1992, that I discovered I could draw and was an artist. My husband, Don, was 46, and had a brain injury. He had to learn to walk, talk, read and write all over again. I was his 24 hour caregiver. I was loosing the “Jane” in me, while grieving my husband’s cognitive losses and the future plans we’d made. I signed up for a drawing class, every Tuesday morning. I realized I could draw! The teacher moved away, and the class became a watercolor class. I didn’t want to change to watercolor, but it was my only free time during the week, so I became a watercolor artist. Over the years I added collage, and mixed media, and textiles to my artist repertoire.

My husband’s brain injury forced us to recreate our lives. He is my biggest cheer leader and supporter now, while I work full time as an artist and teacher. I work hard now, at what I love. I blog every other day about my creative pursuits with pages from my sketchbook, art quilts, a new collage or recent trip. I share tutorials and, I hope, inspiration with my blog readers

jane and don

My husband and I, August 2013

I bought my dream car in July 2014

I bought my dream car in July 2014

Authored Articles:
Quilting Arts magazine: June/July 2007, October/November 2008, October/November 2009, June/July 2010Feb/March 2011, April/May 2011, Feb/March 2012, June/July 2013, Feb/March 2015
Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine: January/February 2007, March/April 2007, May/June 2007, March/April 2008, May/June 2008, July/August 2008, March/April 2009, March/April 2010, Nov/Dec 2010, March/April 2012 , January/February 2013
Pages magazine: Winter 2011Winter 2012 Studios Magazine: Spring 2012
Quilting Arts Gifts magazine: 2008-2009 In Stiches: (eMagazine) July 2010
Television/DVD Layered and Fused Applique Quilts: Recycled Circles starring Jane LaFazio From Art Journaling to Art, DVD or download starring Jane LaFazio The Small Art Quilt Instructional Art Quilt DVD starring Jane LaFazio Quilting Arts TV, Season 10, 2013 Quilting Arts TV Season 8, 2011 Quilting Arts TV, Season 3,  2008
Education Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies and A.A. Graphic Design
Art Teaching Experience:
Sketchbook Skool (online) The Blue Walk (France and Italy)Art is You (Petaluma, CA) Lavender Sage Art Retreats   (Taos, New Mexico, San Clemente, California, Austin, Texas) Tesoro del Corazon mixed media art retreats (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico) Adventures in Italy (Orvieto, Italy) Art and Soul Art Retreats (Portland and Las Vegas) Art Unraveled (Phoenix, Arizona) Athenaeum School of Art CREATE (Chicago, New Jersey, California) Idyllwild Summer Arts Program International Quilt Festival, Long Beach and Houston, TX Mingei Museum of Art San Diego Oceanside Museum of Art School of Art Random Arts (North Carolina) San Diego Museum of Art
Contributor Books: An Illustrated Life, Danny Gregory 2008, Material Visions: A Gallery of Miniature Art Quilts 2004, Fabric Art Gallery 2005, Beginner’s Guide to Art Quilts 2006, Sew Somerset 2008, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration & Techniques, Cate Coulacos Prato Art Quilts at Play, Jane Dávila and Elin Waterston 2008, Surface Design Essentials, Jane Dávila 2010, Personal Geographies, Jill K. Berry 2011 The Cloth Paper Scissors Book, Barbara Delaney 2011, The Sketchbook Challenge, Sue Bleiweiss 2012, Creating Art at the Speed of Life Pam Carriker 2013, Stencil Girl, Mary Beth Shaw 2013 
Online Interviews:
Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions:
Palomar College Boehm Gallery (4 person show: 2006);  California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum (invitational); Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego (solo); ArtWalk 2005 featured artist and ArtWalk Refrigerator artist;  Dos Amigas: Icons, Milagros, and Tributes (5 years running–2 person show);  Scripps Memorial Hospital (solo);  South Chula Vista Library (solo)
Selected Juried Exhibitions Numerous juried art exhibitions since 1994, including acceptance into: 2014 Southern California Baja Norte Regional Exhibition (Havana) International Quilt Festivals (Long Beach, CA; Houston, Texas)

  • 2013 Exquisite Moment  (Havana)
  • 2012 Rituals (Nature Journal)
  • 2011 The Space Between (Industrial Aged)
  • 2010 Beneath the Surface   (Above the Bog)
  • 2009 Edges (Zen Eucalyptus)

2011 Interpretations, Visions Art Museum 2010 Quilt Visions: No Boundaries (Zen Eucalyptus) 2008 Athenaeum Annual Exhibition (Ralphs Letters) San Diego Art Institute Annual International Award Exhibition three times; Oceanside Museum of Art Regional 4 exhibition; El Cajon International Friendship Festival Fine Arts Exhibits; 2000 San Diego Museum of Art All California Juried Exhibition   and many monthly exhibitions in San Diego Art Institute;  Escondido Municipal Gallery and San Diego Watercolor Society