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Issue Date: December 2009


The Art of the Actress


Colleen Smitek
You’ve seen her act. You’ve seen her dance. But who knew Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman could paint — and draw and sculpt? See for yourself Dec. 17 through 19 at the center court of Summit Mall, where Jane Seymour will be featured at a free art event showcasing 20 of her watercolors, paintings and sculptures. Additionally, her art-inspired jewelry collection with the popular open heart design will be on display at the mall’s Kay Jewelers. We called Seymour to chat about love, art and how the two have intersected in her life.

HOW DID ART BECOME IMPORTANT TO YOU?
I always painted and drew as a child, but I never really did anything with art again until 18 or 19 years ago when I went through a terrible divorce and lost everything. I was about as low as anyone could be, for a very good reason. I could not stop painting or drawing. Literally, I became obsessed with it. I’d stay up half the night. However stressed I got, if I painted or drew, I could cope with it.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEDIUM IN WHICH TO WORK?
I love all the mediums, but watercolor is where I started, and I have a technique that is very spontaneous. But I also love oils and pastels, and I love sculpting.

HOW DID YOUR TRADEMARK OPEN HEART DESIGN COME ABOUT?
I did a whole campaign for women’s heart health, and I did a double open heart and really loved it. It reminded me of my mom’s message: If your heart is open, love will find its way in. And so I made a necklace that I wore on Dancing With the Stars. One night at a dinner party, there were randomly people from Akron there — the people from Kay Jewelers. “We make jewelry in a big way,” they said, “and we just think you have something very special there.”

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