Born in Montreal, Quebec, Jane O'Malley travelled widely, eventually living and working as a painter in St Ives from 1969 - 1990. In 1973 she married the renowned Irish painter Tony O'Malley.
They painted extensively in Cornwall, the Bahamas, Lanzarote, Ireland and the Isles of Scilly, before going to live permanently in Ireland in 1990. Jane painted and showed her work extensively in the United Kingdom until 1990 when she moved permanently to live and work in Ireland. Whilst in the U.K. she was a member of both Newlyn and Penwith Societies of Artists.
Since then her work has been shown in major galleries throughout Ireland and Europe, the USA and Canada.