About the Artist
I am a window-gazer. Modern lives keep people indoors for a variety of reasons but my mission is to provide them with an escape to the outside world; teleporting them into wild weather, awe-inspiring features and tranquil quiet spots via my acrylic landscape paintings.
A child of rural/coastal Scotland, I took for granted the open spaces, fresh woodlands and scathing weather changes that I now recognise as components of home. Thankfully, as a landscape artist based in Co Down, I still have easy access to epic feats of nature and approach their elements as the basis of my work. Axel the campervan doubles as my mobile studio and helps me to stay out a little longer, getting the important details in my field sketchbooks or even creating a finished piece there and then. My expressive style suits the fleeting characters of my native Scottish and Irish landscapes.
I approach the whole thing as a part of the finished work and choose my surface material accordingly, allowing it to inform and appear. Warm paper, bright, luminous aluminium panels, natural linen and contrasting undercoats. To me, a landscape is made interesting by its many layers and elements and that’s the method I strive to work by. I work primarily in acrylic paintings but as my primary objective is to convey the absolute essence of standing in a place, I utilise a variety of media as textural elements reflecting and complementing the materials of the landscape.
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 over 200 private commissions, 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 & 2021 when she curated and exhibited in the North Down Craft Collective group shows. Her work also retails around Northern Ireland and via her website.
Jenni was delighted to receive the Ards Arts individual artist fund in 2019 and used that for membership of Seacourt Print Workshop, to advance her skills in linocut printmaking and help inform her print classes, of which she has hosted over 20 in addition to painting workshops and also demonstrations in local community groups and art clubs.
She is proud to be the founder of Etsy Sellers NI, a peer support group of creative online sellers. In this role Jenni has helped to establish a group of over 1000 members, acted as Northern Ireland’s link to Etsy UK’s headquarters (representing NI at annual conferences) and helped to improve the locally represented quality and recognition of this platform as a way for people to shop for art and crafts online.
After welcoming her son to the world and undergoing a house move in 2021, Jenni is now focussing on relocating her workspace to Boom Studios in Bangor and creating a new body of work inspired by the coastal areas she has called home.