All of Jane Smith’s pictures start with a real life experience, a wildlife encounter, an inspiring combination of colours and movement. Also important is the connection between the animal, and the surroundings that sustain it. Jane wants to use her training as a zoologist and her love of painting to communicate with people about why wildlife matters. Jane lives on the west coast of Scotland, and most of her work is made there.
A field sketch is always the starting point of a picture. The energy of work made in the field is then used in the studio when printmaking. Jane enjoys many types of printmaking, but is throwing herself into screen-printing at present.
1987 -1990 Zoology Hons degree at Manchester University.
1990 - 2000 Wildlife filmmaking for RSPB, BBC NHU and Nat Geo.
2000 onwards - Wildlife artwork.
2013 - Elected associate of SWLA.
2000 - Emmy for cinematography.
2008 - The Birds Illustrated Printmakers Award at SWLA
2012 - The RSPB Award at SWLA
2005 - Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, "Aig an Oir," group show.
2008 - present, Mall Galleries, London, SWLA exhibition, annually.
2012 - Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, "Sea Art Differently," group show.
2013 - present, Old Waiting Room Gallery, Colonsay, solo show each May.
2015 - Archway Gallery, Lochgilphead, 'All Creatures..' group show.
2016 - Waterstone House, SOC gallery, Aberlady, "Wild Island," solo show.
Aig an Oir, Langford Press 2005
The Natural Eye, Art Book One, Red Hare Publishing 2013
Birdwatching Magazine October 2011
RSPB Birds Magazine Summer 2012
SNH The Nature of Scotland, Summer 2014
RSPB Nature's Home, Autumn 2014