In 2007 Jennifer and her family moved from Scotland to New Zealand for six years. Over there houses are roofed with corrugated iron sheets, giving many the appearance of an elaborate shed. Though she now thinks this style is great, it was a real shock at first. This experience gave her a deep love for the sturdy stone and slate of Scotland’s but ‘n’ ben’s, inspiring her art pieces and their slate mounts along the way.
Since returning from New Zealand she has had her fourth child, a little girl, named Noa. Her work is signed in Noa's name, which means “free from restriction” in Maori. There isn’t a word which could sum up her abstract and heavily textured interpretation of Scotland, the land of the free more perfectly.
Having an HND in textile design, Jennifer enjoys applying and unearthing layers of texture and colour using her palette knives.
Living at the foothills of the Angus glens, she has every colour palette on her doorstep. She feels what she paints captures the spirit of Scotland and she hopes you enjoy her interpretations.
"A dinnae ken whit glen tae draw, so why dinnae a draw them aw"
It is very much a family business with her husband cutting the slate, her son managing the website and Noa lending her name.
Each slate mount is cut by hand before applying a finish that brings out their unique grain. The glossy ceramic art contrasts beautifully with the rugged slate surrounding.