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Latest exhibitions

I take part in various exhibitions thoughout the year, both here and abroad. This year I will be exhibiting work in the following locations (further locations and dates to be confirmed - check back for updates), click on the title to visit their site:

Jan - Dec 2017 Milton Art Gallery
Milton of Crathes, Banchory AB31, featuring my latest miniatures

Jan - Dec 2017 The Braemar Gallery
34 Mar Rd, Braemar AB35, featuring my latest miniatures

15th Jan - 5th Feb 2017 The 41st Annual International Miniature Art Show
Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF), Dunedin Fine Art Centre, Dunedin, Florida

Jan - April Charles Michie the Chemist
Union Street Aberdeen. Display of my works in their coffee shop

27th May - June 4th TWASI The Wildlife Art Society International
Nature in Art Exhibition, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA

2rd May - 4th June 2017 The 25th Annual International Juried Miniature Exhibition
Parklane, Kirkland, Washington USA

All of June - Solo Exhibition 2017 Milton Art Gallery
Milton of Crathes, Banchory AB31, featuring my latest large pieces

30th June - Sunday 2nd July Scottish Game Fair-Scone Palace
Scone Palace, Perth

July 28th - 31st July 2017 Exhibition of Wildlife Art (EWA)
Gordale Garden Centre, Chester High Road, South Wirral, Burton CH648TF

2nd-16th Sep 2017 Hanbury Hall National Trust with TWASI members
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanbury-hall-and-gardens
Hanbury Hall, Droitwich, WR97EA

21st Sep - 1st Oct, 2017 RMS-Royal Society of Miniature Painter, Sculptors and Gravers
Annual Exhibition The Mall Galleries London, The Mall, SW1

12th October Silent Auction- Sketch for Survival-Explorers against Extinction, at the Royal Geographical Societywww.explorersagainstextinction.co.uk

My cards and prints are also on display throughout the year at various venues:

Balmoral Estate Giftshop (open March-Nov)
Crathie Tourist Information Centre, Balmoral Estate, Crathie, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB (cards)

Charles Michie the Chemist: Union Street, Aberdeen (cards)

Starfish Studio: 3 Anchor Lane, Montrose, Aberdeenshire, DD10 0EN (cards)

About me...

Originally from Liverpool, I moved to Scotland in 1998. After gaining a BA Hons in scientific and natural history illustration I moved to Aberdeen. It is wonderful to spend so much time outdoors in the Scottish countryside observing the local wildlife.

"It is a privileged moment when you see an animal in it's natural habitat and I love to reproduce it for others to enjoy".

My aim is to produce creative and informative wildlife compositions. Watercolour, gouache and pencil are my preferred media, since they allow me to produce the fine detail which is characteristic of my work.

I exhibit locally along Royal Deeside and also show in the UK. As a lover of detail I found my style of painting lent itself to the art of miniature painting. To create a beautiful jewel sized piece of work that does not exceed 4" x 6" creates a very particular set of challenges. The patience and dedication required to undertake this work has a very calming influence on me. Over the past 6 years I have exhibited internationally with my miniature paintings and have works in several private collections including the famous Sue Lee collection.

I have been exhibiting with the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (RMS) at the Mall Galleries in London for over 10 years, where I gained my full membership in the shortest time possible of 5 years. I have received many awards for my miniature wildlife watercolours including the Anita Emmerich Prize at the RMS, 1st prize at the 'Small in Nature' Exhibition in Canada and an Honourable Mention from Parklane Gallery in Washinton USA at their 23rd Juried International Miniatures Exhibition.

Outdoor activities play a big part in my painting career. I enjoy Munro walking (peaks over 3000ft) along with cycling and snowboarding. These sports give me great inspiration and a sense of achievment, and inevitably contribute ideas for my next pieces. I also take walks in my local area where I sketch and photograph the seasonal wildlife. This spontaneous way of working suits me as I never quite know what my next composition will be until it jumps out at me, or I stumble over it!

I also exhibit larger wildlife works. These can be found in exhibitions such as Art Aboyne, Art Fairs, North East Open Studios (NEOS), National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA). These compositions are generally built up in 'layers'. I tend to sketch onto tracing paper so I can then move the individual subjects around untill I am happy with the end result. I then bring all the elements together and produce a final layout. As I enjoy painting gradiated washes for the backgrounds, I have to mask out all the forground subjects first. This is a labour intensive process but it creates a fantistic area to paint the backgound wash without overlaying any colour over the masked foreground subjects. When the wash is dry, the masked area is peeled off to leave a white space to work on. This process is repeated several times as I move forward through the composition, so I use the best quality archival papers such as Arches Hot Press and Fabriano. These will handle the many layers of masking fluid and heavy watered washes.

When you see a piece of my work whether it be a large watercolour or a miniature, there will always be a story behind how the piece developed. I love talking about the creative process behind my work - if you want to hear more about a particular piece please get in touch!

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All work and images on this site are copyright of Jenny Musker. The artist retains ownership of copyright for all original works. Any duplication of artists works is strictly prohibited without prior consent of the copyright owner. To commission works or purchase alternative rights to use these images please contact Jenny Musker