Work of Duns animal artist features in national exhibition

Three cormorants by D Janes
Three cormorants by D Janes

Paintings by Berwickshire artist Diane Janes are included in the Association of Animal Artists’ latest annual exhibition, being held in Cheshire from April 8 to May 17.

The exhibition, at the Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, takes the natural world as its theme, presenting over 60 artists’ responses in a vast range of media, from drawings in the humble graphite pencil to paintings in acrylics and oils.

Diane, of Duns, specialises in painting birds and horses and is particularly fond of rooks and crows.

Her work can be seen regularly at exhibitions in Duns, Berwick and Cockburnspath.

“I find living in the Scottish Borders inspirational, and I really enjoy watching the rooks and jackdaws that visit our garden,” said Diane.

“I have ridden for many years and like being around horses, which helps me to understand the way they stand and move and, perhaps, a little of their character.”

Alison Stafford, chairwoman of the association, said: “We know that people from all walks of life have a deep love of the creatures around us, from the animals we cherish as pets to the world’s largest wildlife, from insects to reptiles to birds, from the tiniest and strangest inhabitants of our oceans to the whales themselves.

“The Association of Animal Artists is unique among our national wildlife art societies in supporting an exclusively British wildlife conservation charity.”

A percentage of proceeds from sales goes to the Vincent Wildlife Trust, which, since 1975, has worked on aiding recovery of British otter, bat and water vole populations, plus those of many other animals.