Artist . Illustrator . Designer
Artist’s Statement

Address 15 Sandpiper Court
Ocean Grove VIC 3226
Phone 03 5255 1711
Mob.   0419 103 289
Fax   03 5255 1711


"A Taste of Wine" sponsored by Elgee Park Wines Flinders Art Show 2001

Artist in Residencies City of Greater Geelong

The Austin & McFarlane Burnet Institute Melbourne

Festival art Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea, JAWS Queenscliff, Queenscliff Music Festival

Licensing & Publishing

Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006 Official Limited Edition Print (500 only)

"Jane Kempe’s Australia" Tableware

"Jane Kempe’s Australia" calendar 2003

"Around the Bay" calendar 2002

Gift cards – Flinders series/Seagull series/Lorne series/Port Phillip Bay

Group & Solo Exhibitions at galleries around Port Phillip Bay


Born in Point Lonsdale, I am fascinated by the sea. I grew up listening to the lighthouse booming on foggy nights while long Summer days were spent at the beach as fishing boats, yachts and large ships braved The Rip at the entrance to The Heads. I later lived in Melbourne for some years soaking up the culture of the city and working in the advertising industry. Now residing in Ocean Grove, I often walk between the two towns. The estuary at Barwon Heads is a constant source of inspiration with a different scene unfolding constantly - depending on the time of day and the weather. There’s so much to see and discover - spectacular views from the Bluff, beautiful seabirds and the secret underworld of reefs and rockpools.

I enjoy a spontaneous approach to my paintings – I want to capture what I see before me in a fresh and lively way. Watercolours, gouache and acrylics are my main mediums for this reason along with a rich use of colour and flowing lines. Sometimes I cover my large canvases of yachts and fish with a glass coating which creates a three dimensional depth to the works.

A large part of my work is commissions for private collectors and my paintings sell regularly at select galleries around Port Phillip Bay. My illustrations are regularly commissioned for business as branding, logos, brochures and limited edition prints.

Meet Derek a seagull believed to reside on the bluff at Barwon Heads>.
His antics and insights can be followed in the local Talking Heads magazine


To see more of Derek and Jane's Art go to her website