My work has varied considerably over the years.
I started my career specialising in architectural portraiture back in the 1970s ( jennirodger.co.uk ). This then led to greeting card designs and illustrations for posters and children’s books and many commissions in the commercial field.
However I still feel that my best paintings were the first ones that I did aged three and four.
My mother has kept all these paintings and I sometimes look at them and connect to the magic that I felt at that time...the smell of the fat wax crayon as it slid across the page… the wonderful surprise when pink met blue... or blue met green… the excitement I felt as the paper began to fill with circles and lines and dots.....
In the late 80s I decided to concentrate solely on my own personal artistic journey. There was a whole year when I spent practically everyday experimenting with texture, colour and hue. There were days when I felt that I was just making a load of mess and not getting anywhere....but where is there to get to anyway?
I discovered a wonderful blue pigment in France called "Blue mineral" and spent an entire year just playing with "blue."
I couldn’t stop...."blue" took me on a voyage. I never imagined that there could be so many facets to "blue " (see Blue Gallery)
I was deeply moved by a trip to Australia where I spent eight months in the outback and made her own paints from earth pigments. I started experimenting with different media...rolling inks onto paper and working with gesso and oil pastel.
I had refound the delight and satisfaction that I had found as a small child, and as a result my paintings started to take me on a voyage of discovery.
I choose to live close to nature, for it is from here that I gain the inspiration for my inner work.
My paintings are inspired from the earth...the source...the mother of all things.
I listen to the silence within...to my dreams and intuitions and paint from my heart.
I’m now sharing the gifts and knowledge that I have gathered over these years to children and to adults wishing to connect with their own artist within.
Rana's work is inspired by nature and the intrinsic patterns and design that can be found all around us.
" When I paint for myself I have no idea what is going to happen.
It is like watching something emerge out of the great void...something that wishes to speak to me and I need to be still enough in order to listen "
' and the earth mother's heart was beating in rhythm with my own. ba boom, ba boom, ba boom, like a shaman's drum transporting me elsewhere...calling me home...'