About Jane Glue

Jane in her studio in Kirkwall

 

Jane Glue is one of Orkney’s most loved artists. Capturing the Orkney Islands, in Scotland throughout the seasons, Jane is well known for her vibrant, beautiful depictions of wildlife, landscapes, flora and townscapes in watercolour and mixed media.

 

 

“My work is defined by the nature, colour, landscape and light of my surroundings in Orkney, which I love.”

 

 

Jane and her twin sister Judith were born in Orkney in 1958. Their parents Donald and Ella Glue met during WW2 when Donald's ship the HMS Rodney was based in Scapa Flow.

 

In 1976 Jane attended Grays school of Art, Aberdeen. Returning home after a year at Gray's craving the wide open space and coastlines of Orkney, she later attended Harrow College of Higher Education in Middlesex from 1982-85 and studied Illustration.

 

Jane returned home to Orkney to open her business Shorelines Gallery, at the back of her twin sister Judith's shop, opposite St Magnus Cathedral. She was there for ten years before moving to 39 Albert Street in Kirkwall. Here there was room to display original work upstairs and to sell her prints and other products downstairs.

 

She really wanted to buy her own property and she bought an almost derelict old smithy in Finstown in 2000. Gradually the property was developed into a large gallery and studio with a self catering house attached to the sea end. She moved in 2005 to the new Shorelines Gallery and spent ten happy years there.

 

This period also marked a shift in her work, allowing more experimentation with mixed media . Her focus on the Orkney landscape still continued, although in a more abstract style.

 

Moving to the Creative Hub 2015 in Kirkwall,  has enabled her to have more time to paint. In 2020 she launched her new website, www.janeglue.com

 

Jane married Billy Tait in 1990, they have one daughter Elsa and live in Kirkwall.