Still life and landscape painter Jane Piper was born in Philadelphia in 1917.
She first became aware of her interest in art at the age of nine, while in France. Upon returning to the United States, she began taking painting lessons. She was influenced by an exhibition of work by Hugh Breckenridge and later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Daniel Garber. Piper also studied with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown in 1941, with Earl Horter and Arthur Carles, and at the Barnes Foundation.
She taught painting and drawing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the mid-1950s and at the Philadelphia College of Art from 1956 to 1985.
Piper's first solo exhibition was held in 1943 at the Robert Carlen Gallery in Philadelphia. Her work was also exhibited in New York City and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annuals from 1945 through 1968.
Her paintings hang in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Institute of Art in Pittsburgh, the National Academy of Design in New York City, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
The artist died in 1991.