STAMFORD, Conn. -- A funny thing happened to Jane Ubell-Meyer as she marched through her mid-30s enjoying a successful career as a television producer: She turned herself into a painter.
Ubell-Meyer, who moved to Stamford two years ago, decided to take a $35 adult education course in painting at Beverly Hills High School. That decision, about 25 years ago, led to her becoming a professional painter.
She has a solo show at the Darien Rowayton Bank at 1001 Post Road, Darien, from April 30 to May 31. The artist's reception is Thursday, May 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.
"I was a late bloomer, and I have been painting furiously ever since," she said. Among her career accomplishments is producing the television movie, ''Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean.''
In her painting, Ubell-Meyer is inspired by colors and landscapes and has created a number of vibrant, abstract landscapes.
"No matter what I do I keep going back to the theme of abstract landscapes," she said. "It calms me down. It takes me someplace I have never been before. It really is about the sky, the horizon, the clouds, the depths of what is there and that we cannot see."
It was the works of well-known cowgirl painter Donna Howell-Sickles that strongly influence Ubell-Meyer's use of color. By coincidence, she happened to be in Jackson Hole, Wyo., when Howell-Sickles was holding a workshop there. She eagerly signed up for it.
"She just turned my world upside down. I really became obsessed with color," Ubell-Meyer said. "I am so moved by color. Colors have vibrations and it raises my vibrational level. It is very spiritual."
When she paints, Ubell-Meyer said she becomes so immersed in her subject that she forgets everything else.
"I can just be painting and I get into a zone. I don't hear anything, I don't drink, I don't eat. I just stay in the zone," she said with a laugh.
She isn't a formally trained artist. The closest she came was taking art history classes and a fiber art class while in college. But that hasn't dented her desire, and Ubell-Meyer has fans who are willing to put down thousands of dollars to by her works.
"I don’t have a master's degree. I don't even have a undergraduate degree in painting. I wish I did but I don’t," she said. "Something I am doing is resonating, but I am not formally trained."
Ubell-Meyer moved to Stamford two years ago after living in New York City since 1996. She had also lived in California while working as a television producer.
She acquired a following after a solo show in Mount Kisco, N.Y., two years ago when she sold 15 paintings. Her smallest pieces are 8 by 10 inches while the largest piece she has completed is 60 by 72 inches. She works in oil and acrylics and has started to use a poly resin that she said gives a near fiberglass finish to her paintings.
A portion of the proceeds from her upcoming show will be donated to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, which funds cancer research.
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