Working with quick-drying acrylics and luminescent enhancements, Jen admits her studio is anything but tidy, working with both brushes and her fingers, she marries expressionism and abstraction in contemporary form.
“Diamond dust is exquisite. Gold and silver leaf is another favourite. I adore the contrast between natural and glamorous.”
Despite the artist’s confessed laidback approach to life, Jen's working day is meticulously timetabled – painting from 9am to 6pm, only taking time to lunch. The artist works to the sound of Talk radio, whilst running and yoga to help her unwind outside of her work.
“I never want to become static with my style. I love the challenge of making new ideas work and testing my capabilities. I find the development of one style can be really beneficial to another by sparking new ideas and techniques.”
Jen lives and works on the Isle of Tiree, a beautiful remote island off the west coast of Scotland, the most westerly isle in the Inner Hebrides. Tiree stands at only 12 miles long and three miles wide with a beautiful coastline of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. It is here in this isolated and tranquil spot that Jen and her family have chosen to call home.
“We wanted a lifestyle that offered space, wilderness and a relaxed attitude towards life. I have been so inspired by the colours, wildlife and ocean that surrounds me here…I am transfixed by the light and movement found in nature. Big storms, stunning summers days, the beauty and brutality. I never stop thinking about it.”
Jen grew up in a rural countryside village where horses, riding and dogs became her first loves. These early experiences sparked her passion for animals and the natural world. Since then she has moved regularly living across all corners of the UK, always gravitating towards coastal locations before settling on Tiree.
“I am innately restless, my mind is constantly generating new ideas, new ways to apply paint, new subjects to capture.”
It is on Tiree that Jen finds much of her inspiration thanks to its endless skies, beautiful seas and ever evolving weather. From the island she is able to observe Highland Cattle as well as marine life from seals to dolphins, whales and even the occasional shark…if she looks up the skies are full of birds; everything from geese and oyster catchers to arctic terns and gannets. Waking up to air that has a hint of the sea and falling asleep to the sound of waves in the distance creates a peaceful and idyllic environment from which to paint and draw.
‘This is such a beautiful place to live and work, I find inspiration everywhere from stormy seas and rock pools to mesmerising horizons and sunrises. This island really is a dream.’
WILDLIFE / SUBJECT MATTER
Jen’s growing body of work, among them prized originals and a growing and popular print portfolio, showcases a variety of animals. Collectors are drawn to her stylistic interpretations of wildlife, from stags and dogs, to hares and tigers. Her portraits gained widespread acclaim, with buyers drawn to her immense ability with colour, texture, and movement, offering an untapped fluidly that plays out across each of her canvases.
“I want to connect with collectors…to make their hearts skip a beat when they see one of my paintings. I want them to feel the emotion I feel when I see a pod of dolphins.”
Jen’s celebration of the natural world is nothing new, but it’s a theme she wishes to do more with – her aim is to highlight the need for wildlife conservation in an increasingly tech-driven world. She plans to use her platform to pay respect to earth’s wild habitats and to champion causes which are close to her heart.
“I aspire to capture so much more that a physical likeness of my subject…it’s all about the feeling and connection between us humans, nature and the animal kingdom. Every living thing on our planet is incredibly precious…I want to be on their side shouting ‘hey look at us’.”
As an artist, Jen’s audience is loyal, and growing at breakneck speed, her popularity with galleries and private collectors alike is testament not only to her talent as an artist, but to her understanding of her fanbase’s demands.
“It’s quite an honour when someone wants to hang something you created on their wall. I will never take it for granted.”
The charismatic McMoos, are an iconic collection of hairy highland cattle. These stylish Scottish beauties instantly uplift with magnetic personality and decorative colour palette. Look closer and discover another furry family — the charming and carefree McHoppers, typified by their subject’s distinct, gentle faces and meadowland surroundings.