Jeni Hurlock is an artist specialising in acrylic and oil painting. This is her Artist’s Statement:
I was born into an artistic family and was drawing and painting as soon as I could lift a pencil and brush. I have been exhibiting and selling paintings from the early 1970s. Then when my children grew up I enrolled at St. Albans College of Art to do an Access course and went on to train in Art & Design at the University of Hertfordshire, specialising in textile art and printmaking. I later furthered my knowledge in textiles by studying for a Diploma in Textiles with the Open College of the Arts.
I taught Creative Textiles to adults at evening classes and private classes as well as with those who had special needs. I also ran workshops, gave demonstrations and talks to various societies and organisations. However, once I reached retirement age I decided to concentrate on my first love of painting.
I love life, I love nature – the world around us is full of beauty and intrigue. Nature draws a mask over the damage and atrocities that man has introduced, it has its own set of rules and all have a purpose in perpetuating existence. Man is too small to overcome nature – it is this belief that inspires me in my work.
Consequently I gain my inspiration from the outside world. I am particularly fond of skyscapes and seascapes. I also do portraits of people and of pets.