Jayne Stokes

Jayne was born in Shropshire in 1973. In 1996 she graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a first class degree in drawing and painting; and latterly studied at Winchester School of Art in Barcelona graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 1998. Jayne paints full time from her studio in North Berwick and is currently represented by the Open Eye Gallery, Cameron Contemporary Art and Fidra Fine Art. In 2019 she was shortlisted for The Westmorland Landscape Prize and won the Edinburgh Art Shop Prize at The Royal Scottish Academy.

‘There are number of reasons why I choose to work in mixed media. Firstly, when I incorporate found objects they tell me something about the landscape, akin to when an archaeologist unearths a relic. A piece of stone, sand, earth or bark can all be spark a memory or help to provide a sense of place. Multiple layers and textures often feature and this helps me to capture the essence of the place, more fully than a photograph can.I like to work on a small scale but with multiple images because I feel that this draws the viewer in, encouraging their involvement with, and scrutiny of the piece. So, I will often use media such old matchboxes and tins as framing devices to contain and magnify the artwork. In addition, each one of these objects has its own history and has arrived with me following a journey in someones pocket or after time spent on someones shelf’