From her studio in Paisley, Jane Hunter works in a variety of media from acrylics and watercolour to charcoal and pastel,abstracting shape, pattern, texture and colour from the landscape around her.
“In 2019, following six years of using textiles and responding to the geology and cartography of Scotland’s West Coast in my artwork, I took time out to question my own place within the landscape and what I want to say with my work.
I began to walk alone,something I had never done before. Examining the way in which I see and experience the outdoors, asking myself questions like: Why do I walk the routes I do? Where do my fears and anxieties dictate or change my path? What sort of feature/situation makes me feel more/less comfortable when I’m walking alone?
I accelerated my reading about the outdoors, nature and navigation. On learning about the navigational technique of ‘handrailing’, identifying and following a linear feature, I was suddenly able to make sense of the shape my journeys. I seek out coastlines,ridgelines, fenceposts and paths – they are my handrail – my comfort, my companion.
This period of thought,exploration and solitude has lead to working in a truly expressive and personal way with new (to me) materials.
My work speaks intimately of my connection to, and experience in, the landscape.”
Jane’s work has been shown in galleries across Scotland, including solo exhibits at The Watermill, Aberfeldy, Harbour Arts, Irvine and The Tighnabruaich Gallery, and is held in private collections across the world. Jane has collaborated with a number of corporate clients and her work is held in the collections of the British Geological Survey, Raasay Distillery, Perle Hotels, North Ayrshire Council, Renfrewshire Council and KPMG Edinburgh.
Click this link to see her work with our exhibition Secret Regatta in 2020.