I cannot begin to talk about myself without mentioning that I am a twin. My sister, Judith Glue and I were born in Orkney in 1958 to Don and Ella Glue. My parents met in Orkney during WW2 when dad was based at Scapa flow on the naval ship, The HMS Rodney.
Judith and myself were what you might call an 'afterthought'! as our parents were older when we were born, however mum always said that it was easier having twins as they occupied each other! We both had a keen interest in art from an early age and were constantly drawing and creating. Poor mum always had to choose who did the best picture as we were very competitive!
In 1976 I left Orkney to attend Gray's school of Art in Aberdeen while my sister Judith stayed and set up her own 'leathercraft' business which later evolved into Judith Glue knitwear and her shop opposite St Magnus Cathedral. I suffered badly from home sickness, being just 17yrs old with no mobiles or internet in those days and I returned home after completing just my first year in Aberdeen. I continued to paint and draw, selling a few paintings, as well as working at our local museum and my parents nursery. By 1982 I decided to study for a second time and I headed off to Harrow school of art in London to study book Illustration, graduating in 1985. I was still keen to live in Orkney so I returned home and worked on a few illustration projects including a large commission for the newly opened Highland Park Distillery. That commission provided the finance I needed to start printing my own cards and other products and in April 1987 I opened my own gallery at the rear of Judith's shop in Broad st, Kirkwall. Tourism in Orkney was at the beginning and I grew alongside it with the support of many locals who bought and collected my work. I spent ten years at Judith's shop, moving further down the street to 39 Albert st, for a further ten years where I had more room to display and sell my original work. In 2000 I bought an almost derelict old smithy in the village of Finstown and gradually the property was developed into a large gallery, studio and self catering house attached to the sea end. In 2005 the new 'Jane Glue Gallery' was opened and I spent ten happy years there.
In 2015 after 30 yrs of owning a shop/gallery I decided to sell my Finstown property and I moved into a new studio space at The Creative Hub, Hatston in Kirkwall. This has enabled me to have more freedom and time to paint and develop my career further.
At the beginning of my career I only painted with watercolours and sometimes ink, usually working out on location but these days I prefer to work in my studio creating work using mixed media such as acrylics, inks and collage. Recently I have been working with printed tissue from my own images and cold wax over acrylic paint, building up layers with which I can work back into to create different textures. I also love to wander the Orkney shoreline beach combing for driftwood to make backgrounds and finding treasures to add into my paintings such as sea glass and pottery. I am a keen photographer and I often add in collage using my photographs of birds and other interesting textures such as stone dykes and wildflowers into my work.
My website consists of over 35yrs of artwork, all available as limited edition prints along with a range of cards and gift other products produced from my own artwork. I also have a selection of my recent original artwork for sale.
I work in my studio in Kirkwall most days and I welcome visitors by appointment, to arrange a time/day that suits please e mail me at email@example.com