It is often remarked that the fact Jane Wilson grew up in the flat, wide-open spaces of the Midwest has influenced her landscape painting. True, but the East End of Long Island, her sometime home since the mid-1950s, has had a more lasting effect. While Wilson's paintings are not literal transcriptions of existing topography, the proximity to the ocean and the resulting mutable weather keep the air alive with possibilities. The horizon tends to hug the bottom of her compositions, leaving plenty of space for the drama of the painting. In a long and slow process, she builds up the paint in layers, to convey the singular atmospheric interactions of land, light and water in marvelously subdued pyrotechnics.
[Alicia G. Longwell, North Fork/South Fork: East End Art Now. Southampton, New York: The Parrish Art Museum, 2004.]