Jane Moore Houghton 

Jane Moore Houghton 

Jane Moore Houghton Phygment Studio


Jane is a mixed media artist who sews story seeds in the imagination of those who still find wonderment in every day!

Artist Statement

Every time I start a new series of works I start with a sense of wonder, a speeding up of my pulse, a feeling like I can’t catch up to the things I want to express and the places I want the work to take me. If asked, I would say that my ultimate artist fantasy would be to spend a night in the Hall of Biodiversity in New York City’s Museum of Natural History. The first time I stood in this space and took in all the shapes, patterns and colors it blew my mind. I have learned the power of simple good design from nature. I love pattern, rhythm and layers of experience in art. The “happy accident” nature of mixed media keeps me coming back again and again to see what will happen next in a piece. My intention is to create an experience for the viewer that generates an emotional relationship with a piece, massaging their own creativity and possibility.

I am an artist living and working and raising three children in Central, MA. I graduated from Skidmore College in 1987 with a degree in Studio Art. Part of my undergraduate studies was spent at the University of Wales in Cardiff studying Welsh language and folklore. I started painting seriously and selling my work in 2006. Turning forty was pivotal for me! Teaching art to children for eleven years brought me back to my bliss and I was reminded of what has always made me the happiest: making art. Welcome to my world!

* The spelling of the word figment goes back to college. I created a three-dimensional sculpture of the word: “Phygment” – a play on the fact that I was known as a creative speller. The word stuck and I was known to some in the art department as “Phygment” for years. Also, spelled this way it looks like a welsh word which I prefer.


Shows and Awards

Solo Shows

  • 2016 Princeton Arts Society 25th Anniversary Exhibition
  • 2015 (September-December) "Story Seeds" Short Stories Gallery, Madison, NJ
  • 2015 (10/29-12/02) "Selected Works" Reuben Hoar Gallery, Littleton, MA
  • 2014-2015 ( 11/2014-2/2015) "Beasts" series. ArtsWorcester @ Hanover Theatre Gallery
  • 2014 Short Stories Gallery, "current small works" Madison, NJ
  • 2012 Mad Hatter Gallery, "Birds" series Marlborough, MA.
  • 2009 The Sturbridge Coffee House, Sturbridge, MA
  • 2008 Gale Free Library, Holden, MA
  • 2007 Newton Free Library, "Friends" seriesNewton, MA

Selected Group Shows

  • 2014 "ONE, Redux" Aurora Gallery, Worcester, MA 
  • 2013 “Blooms” Mad Hatter Gallery, Marlborough, MA
  • 2012 “Six Degrees” curated by Wendy Cohen. Kingston, NY
  • 2012 Alumni show. Tang Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY


  • 2017 illustrated, "Gracie Brave" Pamela Krikke & Kate Eldean, Mindstir Media, North Hampton, NH.  Children's picture book. 
  • 2013 Nov/Dec issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine. Feature article, “Delicate Threads”. An article featuring my unique embroidery on tissue paper technique.  

Selected Awards and Honors

  1. 2016 "Arapawa Goat" awarded first place for creativity in Princeton Arts Society's 25th Anniversary Art Exhibit by Barry Van Dusen. 
  2. 2015 "Antongil Humpback Whale" selected as a finalist out of 7,500 entries in the Animal/Wildlife category of The Artist's Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition.
  3. 2015 Invited to speak at the Nantucket Whaling Museum about my Beasts series and the process of embroidering on tissue paper. June 29th @ 6pm.
  4. 2014 Featured artist on Gabriella Buckingham's blog: http://www.gabriellabuckingham.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/friday-finds-artist-jane-moore-houghton.html
  5. 2014 Featured guest on Design Recharge Showhttp://big.spreecast.com/breathing-life-to-illustrations/embed-small-preload
  6.  2013 Nov/Dec issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine. Feature article, “Delicate Threads”. An article featuring my unique embroidery on tissue paper technique.  
  7. 2013 Feature article in Go Local Worcester online newspaper                
  8. 2012 First Place for “Regeneration” watercolor, oil stick and beeswax on wood panel        
  9. 2008 Featured guest on local public television, “Faces and Places” show


  • 2018 Certificate in Graphic Design Mt. Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA

  • 1991 M.Ed The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • 1987 B.S. Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 1986-’87 Independent Study in Welsh Studies, The University of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Selected Professional Courses

  • Illustrating Children's Books with Lilla Rogers and Zoe Tucker (Scholastic UK)
  • The Working Artist with Crista Cloutier: a business course for artists who are serious about selling their work professionally. 
  • Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers: a six week intensive course in building a professional portfolio while being exposed to 5 of the most lucrative markets for art: bolt fabric, home décor, children's books, wall art, gift with one of the industries top agents. 
  • Make Art That Sells Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers: A six month program designed to help build a professional portfolio in a variety of markets. 
  • Photoshop and Illustrator for Professionals - MassArt: best practices for smoother work flow and deadline completion 
  • Hello Soul, Hello Business with Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Nicholls: an online intensive course to help creative entrepreneurs build a business driven by purpose and passion. 

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