Jane O’Malley was born in Montreal. She lived and worked as an artist in St. Ives in Cornwall from 1969 to 1990. The source of inspiration for her work comes from the objects she has collected on her travels or found around her: native jugs and vases, a carved spoon, fruit from the garden. These are then distilled and arranged, giving them a simple presence and the weight of accumulated memory. In 1973 she married Tony O’Malley and together they made regular visit to the Isles of Scilly the Bahamas and the Canary Islands.