Jane Bottery recently graduated in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire. She uses a variety of media – paint, charcoal, watercolour, pastel, plaster – to create minimal works where the original inspiration has been subtracted to its essence; her delicate work, which hovers between painting and drawing, has been described as peaceful and meditative.
The work is influenced by the immediate locality of where it is made. Using walking, mapping, photography and observation, an awareness of the particular aspects of the environment is gradually built up – its natural features, light, geography, weather, built environment. Work is often made in series, or in relation to and influenced by other works. The quality of light often becomes the overwhelming influence.
The philosophy behind the work is about taking time to observe and experience the everyday and perhaps overlooked phenomena which surrounds us, and in exploring ways to capture and convey the feeling of these moments, whilst acknowledging that this is a difficult to achieve ideal.
Jane has exhibited at Courtyard Arts (Receiving Highly Commended 2017); Free Range at the Truman Brewery, London; Watford Museum; Arts Depot, Finchley; Maynard Gallery, Welwyn and Landguard Fort, Felixstowe.