First Light 72"x36" $5000
In 2019 a silent auction of Jane Bunker’s paintings raised $43,000. Seventeen college scholarships ranging from $250 to $5,000 were awarded to St. Petersburg African American scholars.
In 2020, during the pandemic, we awarded $49,000 to 11 returning scholars.
In 2021 we awarded $137, 000 to 11 returning and 19 new scholars.
In 2022 we are awarding $200,000 in college scholarships to 29 returning and 11 new scholars.
“Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature.” – Eckhart Tolle
This is why I paint. When what I see touches my heart, brings me joy, and gives me peace, I paint so that I might share those experiences with another
Painting is my meditation.
Painting is also my service. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of my paintings funds college scholarships for African American youth. This is my way of paying forward all the gifts that I have been given.
She began studying art seriously at age ten at the Farnsworth School of Art in North Truro, MA with Helen Sawyer and Jerry Farnsworth, themselves students of Charles Hawthorne, a student of William Merritt Chase.
After majoring in Art at Stanford University, she took a detour into a career as a psychologist and only began painting again after she retired, twenty-five years ago.
While not currently represented by any gallery, she has been represented by galleries in New York, Santa Fe, Aspen, Boise, and Cape Cod.
In 2013 she was given a one woman show at the New Britain Museum of American Art ( Google "Illumination - Jane Bunker” ) and in 2022 a two-woman show at the Chihuly Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Over the years she has been influenced by photography, particularly the atmospheric Steichen imagery. She is drawn to pastel Degas landscapes, charcoal Seurat drawings, representational Richters, Mondrian's early trees, Redon's flowers, and some of the more abstract Turners.