Animals feature in many of Jane’s paintings. She is regularly commissioned to paint their portraits but living on the edge of the atmospheric and inspirational open spaces of the rivers and tors of Dartmoor and the surrounding farmlands mean she has a limitless supply of further subjects and landscapes. Having lived for many years by the sea, water is also a favourite subject.

Pastel is her favoured medium, but a natural progression into oils finds this artist producing paintings in a similar style in both mediums. The pure pigments of pastel are compulsive as is the texture of oil paint

Inspiration stems from The Glasgow Boys, The Newlyn Group and Australian artists John Rowell, Elioth Gruner and David Davies as well as Malcolm Coward and Mick Cawston.

Jane continues to work from her studio in Gidleigh situated on the edge of Dartmoor. Inspired by her environment, she produces paintings that capture the very essence of nature, be it flora and fauna or the desire to portray daily life in this rural part of Devon.

Devon Open Studios 2022


10 – 25 September  |  10:00 – 5:00 daily
– Paintings in Oil and Pastel –

Devon Open Studios

Way Studio
Gidleigh, Chagford,
Devon TQ13 8HR

Tel: 07776 216 785

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

  • 2024 Sextons Gallery, Widecombe
  • 2024 Artisan, Chagford
  • 2003-2024 Delamore annual exhibitions of painting and sculpture, Devon
  • 2008-2024 Devon Open Studios
  • 2013-2016 South West Academy
  • 2016 South West Academy Open
  • 2015 Mare & Foal Sanctuary, Totnes
  • 2014 April Birdwood House, Totnes
  • 2013 Ashburton Open
  • 2012 Devon Open Studios
  • 2010 Devon Open Studios
  • 2006 Torbay Hospital, Devon
  • 2005 Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
  • 2004/05 Tavistock Group of Artists annual exhibition
  • 2001 King Georges Fund for Marine Art Exhibition, Plymouth
  • 1998-2000 Annual shows with Lymington Palette Club
  • 1997-2000 Annual shows with Lymington art group
  • 2000 & 2001 St Barbe Museum Open Exhibition, Lymington
  • 1999 & 2004 Jane Leitch and Carolyn Searson, Museum and Visitor Centre, New Forest
  • 1998 Derwent Watercolour Calendar Exhibition, Lake District
  • 1997 Cricket Fine Art, Basingstoke


1998 Derwent Calendar Competition ‘Runner Up’ featured in 1998 calendar

Society Exhibitions

  • 2016 Shortlisted in The Society of Women Artists Exhibition
  • 2014 Shortlisted in The Pastel Society Exhibition
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 The South West Academy
  • 2002 Wildlife Arts Society, Paignton Zoo, Devon
  • 1995-2000 Society of Women Artists annual Exhibition, Westminster and Mall Galleries, London
  • 1994 Wildlife Art Society Exhibition, Marwell Zoo, Hampshire


  • Illustrations featured in ‘The Sinews of Falconry’ by Gordon Robinson
  • The Shooting Times’ 
  •  ‘The Field’ – Feature on Animal Portraits
  • Artist’s and Illustrators around the New Forest and Solent by Robert Coles


Jane runs a successful weekly Gidleigh Painters’ workshop in Gidleigh Village Hall.

Clothed Model Workshops

Oil and pastel workshops to art groups, as well as judging exhibitions


To learn more about Jane’s art classes & workshops, or to book a place, please visit her contact page: