Jane displays her love of nature

THE latest exhibitor in the Eastgate Theatre cafe is Jane Harbottle, who has an art studio on the coast between Holy Island and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Her family emigrated in the 1960s and she grew up near Perth, Western Australia in a small coastal village.

She said: “Here my love, respect and amazement of the natural world was initiated and has been constantly expanding ever since.”

After returning to the UK, Jane became a full-time professional artist in 1987 and is now settled in Lowick.

Jane added: “The outstanding Northumbrian countryside reminds me of those early days in Australia, with stunning coastline and unspoilt habitats full of inspiration and ideas for my paintings.

“I prefer to work directly from the actual subject when I can, as I like to portray the minute detail found in nature.

“My painting both frustrates me, as I strive to paint and capture what I see in front of me, and at the same time excites and satisfies me on such a deep level, that I really have no choice but to continue with the challenge that nature constantly sets before me.

“Through my paintings I hope to extend to the viewer some of the beauty of nature that surrounds us daily, and yet is often unseen, to offer a small glimpse into the great outdoors.”

The exhibition in Peebles is free to view and is on until August 12. Phone 01721 725777 for more details.