Jane Harbottle's love of the natural world stems from growing up in Australia. She now works from her art studio and gallery in Northumberland where the stunning coastline and unspoilt habitats give her inspiration and ideas for her paintings. Although she says painting frustrates her as she strives to capture what she sees, it also excites and satisfies her on such a deep level that she feels she has no choice but to continue with the challenge that Nature constantly sets before her.
Jane says: "I prefer to work directly from the actual subject when I can, as I like to portray the minute detail found in Nature. In my studio there are many interesting 'bits & bobs' that I use for reference, along with sketches and photographs for the things I cannot bring back. 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."