Jane Adams was born in Vancouver. She studied at the Chelsea School of Art in England under Lawrence Gowing And Elizabeth Frink from 1961-62. Then, from 1962 until her graduation in 1966, she was a student at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University) where she studied with Jack Shadbolt, Don Jarvis, Roy Kiyooka and Orville Fisher. By the mid-1960s Adams had already received encouraging recognition for her work. She participated in a number of group shows at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Bau-Xi Gallery. In 1965 she was awarded the staff scholarship from the Vancouver School of Art, and during her final year there one of her works on paper was chosen for the University of Victoria Purchase Award.
During a second study year in London in 1965, she came to the attention of British painter William Townsend, who invited her to work under his direction at the Slade School of Art. During these final London years Adams continued to win awards and scholarships, including a Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation Grant in 1967 and a Canada Council bursary the following season.
Adams’ first solo exhibition took place in 1973 at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver. She has since had a long series of shows across Canada, is represented in numerous corporate, private and public collections.