Abstract Paintings by Jane Gates

A Lifetime of Friends: A Painting Collaboration For Healing, A Fund Raiser Project

I’m in need of your love, support and prayers. I’m having some health issues and need time to heal. You can help me heal my body and spirit, and regain my strength by helping me create several collaborative paintings: "A Lifetime of Friends."

On September 25, 2011, I had a near death experience. Because painting has always had a healing effect on me I was inspired to paint about my experience. One painting led to another and I found myself painting a series. This series, “The Lotus, Winds, and Shimmers.” was shown in a solo exhibition at a museum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, called the MACAY and is now shown on here on my website. Click the link on the side bar "The Lotus, Winds, and Shimmers."

Since my near death experience I haven’t been able to work, but I can paint a little some days. So I wanted to find a way to continue to paint and at the same time give back to the community. It is my hope that my images be a healing experience for others on some level.

Taking my physical limitations into consideration, I came up with a plan to create a painting, or several paintings if the need arises. I could first divide the canvas into squares making it possible to paint a little each day. Then my idea evolved into a fundraiser. A fundraiser that would involve a community to complete, and would be thought of as a collaborative painting for healing. I would call it “A Lifetime of Friends.” The painting or paintings would be based on the ones I did for the series “ The Lotus, Winds and Shimmers.”

My exciting fundraiser is to paint as many paintings as I can, square by square. My initial plan was to create 5" squares but now I may use 3" squares and make the paintings smaller. My goal is 1000 squares. Each square will be painted in the honor of one generous donor. After the paintings are finished I will donate them to a public building or business in the area. As I will be looking for places to donate the paintings when they are finished, I am open to suggestions; my hope is to place them in hospitals, libraries, or any type of healing environment if possible.

Please join me to create “A Lifetime of Friends” by sending a donation for one square in a painting. A donation from you will allow me to continue to paint and give me time to recover from illness; in turn I will create a square in your honor. Your reward is an image of the square I painted for you and more, depending on how much you donate. For a donation of $10.00 I will send you a digital image of your square. For a donation of $25.00 I will send you a print of your square in the mail. A $50.00 donation has a reward of a print of your square and note cards. There are many other great rewards. For further details about the rewards see the next home pages. If you have any questions please email.

I have done a little work on this project so far and a few businesses have donated. Each generous donor will receive an acknowledgement for his or her contribution in two places, on my web site and at the exhibition site.

If you are interested in funding this project, donations of cash or a check should be sent to my address. Please email at janegatesart@yahoo.com for that information. When sending your donation please include your address and email so that I may send your reward. Also let me know if you want to stay anonymous. We must act quickly as these will take several months to paint and I can’t begin without your donations. My goal is 1000 squares. It would mean so much to me if you could donate within the next month.


I have an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have taught collage art classes in the southern Wisconsin area for years. I worked with hundreds of talented art students, and created and exhibited my own paintings nationally and internationally.

I tried a fundraiser site on GoFundMe.com but I haven't reached my goal. The site is still up if you want to contribute there. The link is: www.gofundme.com/Medical-Healing-and-More. I also started a page for my Airedale Romeo, who is also sick and is now blind, his link is at: www.gofundme.com/AiredaleRomeoCareAlert.

The idea for the new fundraiser, “A Lifetime of Friends” came to me like a flash of lightening, I considered it to be some kind of guidance. It would mean so much to me if you could find it in your heart to donate.

For information on where to send your donations please email at janegatesart@yahoo.com or call 608-868-4379.


Between Earth And Sky #3
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A Lifetime of Friends: A Painting Collaboration For Healing, A Fundraiser Project