tamborine mountain arts collective

Jane McGeough

Painter, Singer Songwriter

Jane is a dynamic Artist, Singer Songwriter and Teacher living on beautiful Wangerriburra country on Tamborine Mountain.

Jane creates expressive, colourful portrait and landscape paintings as well as a variety of works on paper. She has a bold, spontaneous style, exploring luminous colour and the texture of paint to capture the spirit of a person or landscape in a unique way. ‘I am constantly inspired by the beauty and power of nature, the colours of the Australian landscape and people – especially activists in my community.  Through both music and art Jane expresses a spiritual connection to nature and the land and a passion for preserving our environment. The power of storytelling and themes of justice are interwoven through her music and art work.  In 2014 she graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts winning two awards and two exhibitions in Brisbane. Currently, Jane is enjoying experimenting and developing her style and works in Visual Art.

As a Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Jane creates alternative, folk, soul music. She intertwines heartfelt stories and thought provoking lyrics with sensual vocals, soaring melodies and infectious grooves. Her music has been described as, ‘evocative, soulful and powerful, music that takes you to another place’. Originally from Melbourne, Jane performed with her band Azure, featuring flute, violin, trumpet, bass and drums and performed in numerous venues and festivals.  She recorded and released two EPs, the second winning funding from Arts Victoria. After a hiatus, in 2021, Jane returned to music and started working with musicians on the Mountain, performing as ‘Lila Jane’, as a duo and band, adding flute and piano with Sarah Jane Vagg. Lila Jane featured in TMAC arts events, including Resilient Women 2021 and headlined the 2022 Scenic Rim, Winter Harvest Festival. In 2023, Jane chooses to play the gigs that resonate.

Jane is a Teacher of Singing, Music, English and Art in schools and has also worked in advocacy, campaigning and justice education for 10 years. She has led and organised many creative projects, worked on teams and with volunteers, engaging young people and community groups to take action on Global Poverty and Environment issues. She has designed community service programs, lobbied government, led student leadership experiences, run music events and has facilitated creative rituals and reflective, spiritual experiences. Highlights include: Managed and curated the national, Micah Challenge, ‘Create to Advocate’ Art Exhibition 07 & 08 at Parliament House, Canberra, engaging 200 artists, 50 MPs and attracting media attention. Designed and facilitated NAIDOC Cultural Days at St Michael’s College, Gold Coast, 2015-2019partnering with local Aboriginal Elders and educators, including Aunty Pat Wharton and Leeton Lee.

The portrait paintings here represent works from Jane’s graduate exhibition, titled ‘Conversation for the Nation’. On the walls between the portraits, words were drawn, fading away, representing the voice and views of renowned Aboriginal activist and leader, Wayne Coco Wharton, such as, self determination, justice and treaties.

From her home studio in the Mountain, Jane is currently offering Singing lessons and facilitates Voice, Sound and Movement for Meditation workshops. Jane holds a B.Ed in Media and Drama, Adv Dip of Visual Arts and Dip of Music, Pop/Jazz and Cert in Arts Business.

Tmac acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands we operate on, the Wanggerriburras people and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.