Jenny Stone has been drawing since the age of 3 and became seriously interested at 14. She initially used pencil and oil pastels but later started to explore oil paints and other methods of visual expression. Initially self-taught, she is now studying for an Honours degree in Fine Art and Textiles at Orkney College.
Jenny’s art has been strongly influenced by the Orkney Islands with its wonderful wildlife and scenery and the incredible light.
There are three distinctive phases in the timeline of her work:
The first is from 1992 until late 1998, where she used explorations of landscape and animal studies as material to create fantasy or dreamscape paintings; though there are also some life drawings included in this period and some pieces which are influenced by the island of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides.
In 1998 Jenny moved to the island of Stronsay, in the North Isles of Orkney, where she studied the landscape and buildings of this beautiful and unique island. Her work during this period included several commissioned pieces. She set up her own business, Stronsay Artworks, in 2002.
In April 2012 Jenny moved back to the Orkney mainland but continues to create work inspired by Stronsay. In the following September Jenny enrolled on an Honour’s degree course in art full time. It is this new and exciting departure, along with her lifelong love of Orkney’s landscape and history, that has led to a completely new influence and outlook on her work, hence the marked difference in the work she is producing now. She is presently immersed in what is almost a complete sea-change of ideas, ranging from textiles to paper sculptures as she progresses to a more adventurous style completely outwith the range of her previous experience.
2008, Fish Mart, Stronsay
2010, Fish Mart, Stronsay
Work sold in numerous outlets and by commission. She sold her first work (a garden site on Arran) at age 18.