About the Artist

Artist Statement

Jenni Robinson is a self-taught landscape painter, based in Boom Studios in Bangor.  

Painting and drawing in a variety of media, her work is mostly influenced by local coastlines, but draws on inspiring landscapes wherever she finds herself with a sketchbook.  

More recently, Jenni has focused on a plein-air sketchbook practice, immersing herself in the surrounding landscape to collect original source material.  As a full-time mum, the time set aside to create art has become rarer, so she has developed a style of using gestural marks, shapes and colour to convey the landscape on the page before returning to the studio to develop the sketches in to larger artworks. 

The reduced information in these sketches leaves space for imagination, thought and intuition in the studio paintings, and they have become more abstract, incorporating layered drawings left exposed in the finished artwork to show their sketchbook origins.  The colours, shapes and marks represent Jenni's experience of change and passing of time with the overall aim of inviting the viewer to pause, contemplate and attach their own stories to the work.

Artist Bio

After advancing as far as possible in her events & business planning career, Jenni put all her energy into running her own business as a landscape artist.  Art has been her “thing” all her life and when 2015 brought a change in personal circumstances, she had the opportunity to go for it.   

As well as private sales and commissions numbering into the hundreds, Jenni has completed custom commercial projects, and enjoys promoting her work to the public through both solo and group exhibitions.  The first solo exhibition was in the Graffan Galleries at WWT Castle Espie in 2018 and she returned there in Feb 2020 & 2022 when she curated and exhibited in the North Down Craft Collective group shows.  

2022 also saw her move to Boom Studios in Bangor and exhibit in the Carnegie Library with studiomates in November.  2023 saw work exhibited in group shows in North Down Museum, and Castle Espie.  She also runs classes from the workshop in Boom Studios, with a sketch walk and landscape painting class as regular fixtures.

In 2023 Jenni leaned in to more experimental work in her Fieldwork project, achieving recognition with selection for the ForM exhibition and funding from Culture Ards & North Down to study abstraction in Artform, Co Waterford in the autumn with Mary O'Connor. 

She was awarded funding again in 2024 to study screen printing at Seacourt Print Workshop and hopes to produce original companion prints to replace her giclee-printed reproduction stock.

She has also been successful in her application to develop a tourism-focused art experience for Ards & North Down Borough Council in summer 2024 - Scene to Studio takes place on 22nd June.

Jenni’s work retails around Northern Ireland and on her website.