Jane Skingley began her artistic endeavour at an early age but apart from a period of studying with an artist, she is largely self-taught. She has a degree in Geography from Durham University and went on to have a successful career in public relations before giving this up to paint. She is known for her dramatic interpretation of seascapes and clouds. She also paints landscapes, birds and flowers. The common thread in her subject matter is a love of the outdoors and nature.
'My work is about capturing moments,' she says. 'It could be the beach that I went to as a child, or on a family holiday, or the view from my daily country walk. Images may be based on a fleeting memory or a place that is visited over and over, each time seeing something different. My still life and bird paintings are about simple everyday memories, wild flowers picked on my morning walk, simply placed in a jam jar, or a bird visiting my bird table. This often-overlooked beauty is given focus so that it can be enjoyed again and again.'
Jane Skingley has exhibited work at the Royal College of Art, The Royal Society of Marine Artists and Glyndebourne opera house in East Sussex. In 2017 she undertook a large commission for the WWF on the subject of climate change, which was exhibited at the Houses of Parliament.