Jenni Payne is a founding member of the award winning Florence Paintmakers, a small co-operative producing a range of artists materials with the ramaining stocks of haematite from Florence Mine, as well as other locally-sourced pigments. She likes to experiment with a range of materials and delights in creating images with stuff from the land.
“I would like to create a life-like design that celebrates our handsome iconic breed, by using our own Cumbrian pigments to create the image.”
Her artwork reveals a keen interest in the natural world, and she says its is intriguing to see how these earth colours also resonate with those of the creatures in our landscape, including the native Herdwick sheep. The rams are known locally as ‘Tups’ and have white faces, dense slate-grey fleeces and impressive horns – a fine subject for her drawings and pastel paintings. She like to visit the local Shepherd’s Meets to make on-the-spot sketches to record the character and gestures of all the animals on show.