Art Medium: Mixed Media (Acrylic & Watercolour Ink, Acrylic Gouache - Mixed Media) on old maps
Inspiration: Navigating to beautiful places
BA Fine Art - Moray College, Elgin
HND Art & Design - Aberdeen College
Jenny uses drawing, painting, photography, and collage to explore and connect with the landscape. Whenever she goes somewhere new, she gets to know the place by walking. Once she feels acquainted with a place she responds by making the work. Sketches, photographs and notes taken on her excursions are all referred to when she's working in the studio. Some paintings, however, are completed on location from direct observation. She tries to depict her experience of "being there" and strives to produce an image that holds her emotional response to a specific place.
"I meander, find vantage points, follow my feet and happily get lost in my surroundings. I pay attention to the effects of weather and the local geology, flora and fauna."
She mainly uses watercolour, acrylic gouache paints, and acrylic inks with other mixed media, working on watercolour paper, wood panel or collaged surfaces. She particularly likes working on old maps of the areas she visits.
"There is a dialogue between the map and the washes of paint obscuring or revealing it that results in an intriguing image. It draws the viewer in to look closer at the details, mirroring how I look at landscapes."
Jenny was an artist in residence from 2013-14 at the Highland Wildlife Park (Operated by the Zoological Society of Scotland) and from 2014-15 for the North York Moors National Park (Mirror Images Project). She has had numerous exhibitions all across the UK as well.
2018: Denton House Cafe & Gallery, Gosforth Cumbria - 2 Person Show
2015-8: Castle Gallery, Inverness - Gallery Artist
2015: North York Moors National Park - Solo Show
2014: Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, Invernesshire - Solo Show
2014: Aviemore Gallery - Mixed Show
Visual Artist Awards HI - ARTS 2009
Work represented by us:
Paintings: Jenny McLaren