Jane Lander is a Newcastle based artist.

She has an established practice, with over 30 years experience. Her work is held in many collections including the Newcastle Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Art Gallery, Muswellbrook Art Gallery and Broken Hill Art Gallery.

Jane has been a finalist in many national prizes including The Dobell Drawing Prize, The Blake Travelling Art Prize, The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting prize and The Kilgour Art Prize.

I have known Jane for many years and I enjoy how her work captures her love of and connection to the sea.

Dominique Ryan

Participating in the WE ARE project has been a challenge for me because I have little experience with portrait photography. It has also been a privilege, to learn from and engage with a talented group of women, as they seek to celebrate creative women.

This portrait is a celebration of Jane’s connection to the sea.

In my mind Jane and the sea are synonymous. Realising this image was not easy. My seascapes are usually taken from the shore. However it was great fun being in the surf with Jane, enjoying an early morning body surf.

I am an emerging photographer with a growing practice. I live on a peninsula, on Awabakal and Worimi lands, surrounded by ocean, sea pools and rock shelves.

I like to experience how light reflects off different surfaces, water, sea spray, rocks, and mist.

These reflections are constantly changing, always drawing me back. - Dominique Ryan


We Are is a multi-location multimedia photographic experience highlighting creative women of Newcastle, commencing on Wednesday March 8th 2023 (International Women’s Day) and culminating in a celebration event at The Lock-Up on Friday March 24th.

We Are is a portrait project featuring 20 WH!P Collective members turning their lenses towards fellow female and non-binary creatives to highlight the many benefits that a thriving and diverse artistic community bring to our region.

WH!P (Women* of the Hunter !n Photography) was founded in 2020 to embrace and create opportunities for professional photographers from the Hunter region by leveraging the combined skills, experience and credentials of its members. Fostering a culture of support, celebration, exchange, education, advocacy, action, enjoyment, play and growth, it hopes to actively raise the profile of contemporary photographic excellence, education and experimentation in the Hunter Region. WH!P works collaboratively with those both within and beyond the local area who share our belief that the world should be shown through a lens as diverse as the real world.

*all references to women/woman is inclusive of gender diverse people

WH!P’s logos and graphics designed by Laura Kent

"This portrait is a celebration of Jane’s connection to the sea”.

Dominique Ryan