Member Spotlight

Jane Matsumoto

I have always been intrigued by colors. Early on, it started with music and seeing sound in colors. Music was a form of expression for me as a young child. Through that, I learned to use color to express how I feel.

Growing up, my mood would dictate what my favorite color was. I started my journey working with watercolors after I started learning calligraphy about 5 years ago. Not a day goes by where I do not pick up a paintbrush to create a stroke of some kind.

2023 is all about my youngest son, who will be heading to college in the Fall. After that, I will be focused on returning to dancing hula, shooting pool, and teaching calligraphy, painting, and working with Copic markers.

How does painting bring you joy?

It took me a while to realize that there is a difference between happiness and joy. The act of painting makes me happy. All the colors and playing with them bring me joy… watching the paint dance across the paper and seeing how they blend and mix and dry.

A favorite quote:

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso

How does community play a role in your creative practice?

Being an active part of a community has been important to me since I was a child. The friendships formed and the lessons learned have been invaluable.

For me, community is where like-minded people all learn, share, experiment, and grow together. I enjoy giving back to the communities and I know that I receive far more than I give.

The Paint With Me Community is one of the best communities I am grateful to be a part of, where support and encouragement and opportunities for learning are endless.

A note from Susan
(founder of Paint With Me)

Jane gives back generously to our community as a guest teacher and Studio host. She shares her knowledge, passion, and talents openly, and for that, we are so grateful.


Supply Recommendation:

Daniel Smith Watercolors are my favorite tubes of paint. Arches, Hahnemuhle, and Stonehenge are my favorite watercolor papers.

I love working in sketchbooks. My favorite watercolor paintbrushes are Princeton 4050R, Silver Black Velvet 3000S, and W&N Series 7.

My advice is to invest in not necessarily the best quality (which is usually the most expensive) but somewhere in the middle, above student grade.


Geographic location:

San Jose, California


Other (Creative) Outlets:

Anything arts and crafts is my jam! I think I just need a reason to collect more supplies!

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