FEATURED ARTISTS - 2017
Jane Birrell McKenzie
Jane lives in Catterline and has featured at
Larks Gallery before with her well known 'hairy coo' paintings.
This month it is Jane's wild and colourful landscapes that are
"I have always been interested in the environments
I live in and my painting style has developed over the years,
with influences of light, use of gold and colour affecting work
done in The Middle East; huge skies and wide composition in Texas;
the contrasts of the French countryside and the ever changing
seasons and elemental qualities of my home in the North East
Having graduated in 1965 in Drawing and Painting
from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, I was
awarded a David Murray Studentship from the Royal Academy Schools
in London which afforded me an extended time to
explore landscape painting in Barra in the Western isles.
Art has always been central to my life, encompassing
a period of art teaching and subsequently establishing
a successful ceramics studio, initially at Insh, Inverness-shire and since 1988 at my current studio at Oathlaw in Angus.
Painting has been a constant and developing
passion on which I now concentrate full time.
Previous series of paintings have resulted from trips to locations
as varied as the Scottish islands, Italy and Australia.
Presently I am concentrating on a sequence of paintings of images absorbed from my immediate surroundings.
Landscape has been the starting point and stimulus
for much of my painting in which I attempt to express the mood and atmosphere of time and place.
Since 2013 I have exhibited regularly in RSW
exhibitions and with galleries in Edinburgh and also the North East of Scotland.
2015 “Commended” Annual Winter Exhibition, Meffan
2009 Second Prize Annual Exhibition, Meffan Gallery Forfar
1998 £500 Purchase prize Annual Exhibition, Meffan Gallery
1965 David Murray Studentship, Royal Academy Schools, London
Aberdeen Art Gallery (ceramics)
Angus Council Collection
Duncan of Jordanstone College Collection