By Gene Davis, DENVER DAILY NEWS
Jane Seymour’s resume isn’t as much impressive as it is awe-inspiring.
Maybe you know her from playing a Bond Girl and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, or from creating the immensely popular “open hearts” design series, or from one of her beloved books or paintings. In short, unless you’ve successfully secluded yourself from pop culture for the past three decades, chances are that you’re familiar with Seymour in some way.
“There’s never enough time for the things I want to do,” she told the Denver Daily News. “ Every day I can think of things I want to get better at; I think that’s part of the joy in life, discovering and creating new things.”
Seymour has never been short of motivation. As a child she wanted to become a ballerina, but her family couldn’t afford the shoes or tuition for classes. But instead of giving up or moving on, she successfully applied and got a grant to ballet school.
And several years later, while her friends were running lemonade stands, she successfully started and maintained her own clothing company.
“I’ve never understood the word bored,” she laughed.
Three near-death experiences, one of which caused her to leave her body, caused Seymour to look at life differently, she said.
“I’m so grateful to be able to have more time on earth,” she said. “I made a pact that I want to help other people and try and make a difference in the world.”
Seymour’s “open heart” philosophy is her most notable attempt to make that difference.What started as a series of original watercolor and oil paintings of two open hearts linked together has morphed into a universal symbol for love and hope. Seymour got the idea for the design from her mother’s advice: “If your heart is open, love will always find its way in.”
“It’s about being able to open your heart enough to let go of Tuesday, because Tuesday is done, and be receptive to the possibility of being aware of the moment you have now,” she said. “It’s a way of dealing with the challenges in life.”
The Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning actress last year released a book to accompany her “open hearts” series. The collection of love-related stories, poems and quotes is an ideal gift for anyone going through a hard time or period of transition, Seymour said.
This Friday and Saturday, Seymour will present her artwork in person at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry at Centennial Promenade. Following an introduction from The Madden Museum of Art, Seymour will paint with children from ArtReach Denver, as well as pose for photos and host a brief autograph session featuring her “Open Hearts” book.
“It’s amazing to get to meet people face to face and hear their stories,” she said. “They’re the unsung heroes, as far as I’m concerned.”
Where: Jared The Galleria of Jewelry at Centennial Promenade, 9535 East County Line Road in Englewood
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.