Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Meet the stallholders...tea and cake with artist Jane McNamara

Jane is a teacher by day and artist the rest of the time. She lives in North West London, has painted for as long as she can remember and will be bringing her unique and very popular designs that she sells at Portobello Market in London.

One of Jane's beautiful butterfly paintings

 Hello Jane, what tea and cake are we having today and where are we?

We are eating banana cake and drinking peppermint tea. We’re in my favourite cafe which is also the nearest one to where I live, although Bake-a-boo on Mill Lane London NW6 is also good for cupcakes and afternoon tea.

Tatooed Love by Jane McNamara

Delicious. Now, tell us about your paintings.

I have always enjoyed painting since I could hold a paintbrush! I am inspired by nature/ cartoons/ photographs and exhibitions, especially a butterfly exhibition I went to in France!

Black and Blue butterfly 

Why did you want to be part of “It’s darling!”?

Cath (Mrs Stokes) is one of my best friends and we sometimes share a stall together at Portobello Market in London. I came to the July "It's darling!" fair, was very impressed so wanted to be a part of it. I’m selling my paintings that I hope will make great Christmas presents and will have a small amount of handmade jewellery too.

Jane on the Portobello stall last winter

Describe your ideal Christmas day…

My ideal Christmas would be with all my friends and (most of) my family in a snowy mountain retreat. Someone else would be doing the catering!!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without….

A long morning walk and lots of phone calls to the rellys in Ireland.

What’s “It’s darling!” in your life?

My niece and wildflowers.

Jane's art is darling to us...

...but wildflowers are darling to her.

To find out more about Jane or commission a painting please contacjaneymack@hotmail.com


  1. These little interviews are such a good idea, looking forward to the 11th December!

  2. We are looking forward to it too - glad you are enjoying the Q and As, there are many more to come. See you on the 11th! Becky and Cath x


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