ARTIST'S PROFILE

Originally from the west coast of Scotland, Jane Milloy now lives at the foot of Bennachie in the heart of the Garioch area of Aberdeenshire. Her studio sits among the moorlands, woodlands, rivers and farmland where she walks in search of inspiration for her wildlife drawings and paintings. Jane produces detailed pencil and pen and ink drawings, acrylics, watercolour and pastel originals, greetings cards, limited edition prints and illustrations and is happy to undertakes special commissions.

Detailed, accurate, natural history book illustration is a speciality of Jane's and recently her black and white illustrations for Colin Tudge's book "Consider the Birds" (also published as "Bird" in the US and "The Secret Life of Birds worldwide) was a challenge she relished.

She is also well-known in the North East for her fortnightly “Country Diary” columns (now in their eighteenth year!) in five local newspapers, in which she writes of her “wanderings and scribblings”, accompanying each column with a drawing. She lectures widely, tutors art classes and leads painting days and weekends.Should you wish to discuss booking Jane for lecturing, tutoring your group or on a one-to-one basis please contact her.

Jane’s Own Comments

“To me, drawing is like breathing - it's just something I do. As far back as I can remember, I have had two great passions in life – wildlife and the countryside and drawing and painting. Combining them gives me the greatest of pleasure. Observing birds, plants, animals and insects in their natural surroundings is a privilege and drawing and painting them is a way that I feel I can share the joy and appreciation with others.

I studied art at school through Higher and on to Sixth Year Studies and then went on to gain a DA at Glasgow School of Art.

Sketching and painting is an addiction, and I am well and truly hooked. I get quite agitated (or grumpy as my husband would put it) when I don’t get time to draw. I love sketching outdoors from life and my involvement with the North East Raptor Study Group, which often involves sitting around for long periods of time monitoring, allows me time and opportunity for close observation of birds of prey which I love for their strong looks and intricate feather colours and patterns. Owls are my all time favourite and I never tire of drawing them.

A lot of my time is spent just walking around to see what will turn up or take my fancy. It may be something as small as the way the sunlight falls on a woodland floor creating patterns and colour or it may be a full-fledged wildlife experience such as spending a whole evening overlooking the playground of a family of fox cubs that I came upon by accident.

I hope that through my paintings I can give you a glimpse of what I see and if it gives you pleasure or makes you appreciate the incredible wildlife and countryside around us, then I have achieved what I set out to do.

I am easy to please – give me a pair of binoculars or a sketchbook – or preferable both – and I am happy”.

Watching sea eagles and otters at one of my favourite spots - Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull

Jane and friends - winter, Cairngorms

Among the guillemots - Lunga, Treshnish Isles

Demonstrating at an exhibition