In my studio you can always hear jazz and blues music. This painting was created while listening to Bessie Smith. She was one of the first female blues and jazz singers, and one of the most powerful of all time. Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues."

- Jane Robinson

Bessie S

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on side

36" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
6 lbs. 0 oz.



Jane Robinson
Jackson, Michigan

Getting to Know Jane

Jane Robinson is a Michigan native who uses fluid acrylic paints to make expressionist, abstract artwork inspired by jazz music. She is particularly influenced by early pioneers of the genre, including John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Clarke. The movement, rhythm, instruments and “color” of the music opens a portal to a world that Robinson captures on canvas. The artist experiments with complex textures–created through layering various mediums–to encourage curiosity in the viewer about what lies beneath. She believes art is an incredible journey that provides endless possibilities to stimulate the senses. Jane subscribes to the concept that art, like jazz, transcends the barriers of geography, culture, and faith.