Janet and Ashby in front of paintings

My loyal companion, Ashby, posing with me in front of a display of my paintings.

My paintings and sculptures are inspired by my love and concern for wildlife and nature, drawn from my daily observations. I moved to Lancashire originally to study the specialised art of natural history illustration at Blackpool & The Fylde School of Art,  and subsequently settled in the area. I live and work in Wyresdale, which is a beautiful part of the region situated between the Forest of Bowland hills and the coast. Most of my work results from a fleeting moment or chance encounter;  a sudden flash of sunlight through the trees, a flock of waders rising from the shore.

I love to make and create in both 2D and 3D. I grew up in rural NE Fife and spent a great deal of time as a child drawing animals, diversifying into chicken wire chickens as a teenager – my interests have not changed too much in the intervening years! I don’t see my sculptures as a separate art form,  they feel like making a drawing come to life. My love of pattern and shape influences both my paintings and my sculptures. I enjoy the serendipitous results of using scrap metal and old cutlery in my welded sculptures, and I am also currently experimenting with the use of the water jet cutting process to create a new range of metal sculptures in steel and copper. 

My work is featured in private collections worldwide and I have exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the UK. You can view my work in my gallery, and purchase available originals in my online shop.

I run art classes open to people of all abilities in Halton Mill, near Lancaster, as well as offering one to one art tuition, demonstrations and workshops. New members are always welcome, space permitting. Find out more about the classes here.