What is it that draws us to the coast? For me it taps into all of the senses; the wide open spaces of the summer sky reflected in the deep blue sea with an unbroken horizon, the smell of the salty air, the feel of the warm, soft sand between my toes and the hypnotic sound of the waves lapping against the shore which help me get back to me. Time doesn’t move from hour to hour but from mood to moment, healing the heart, mind and soul.
The Anglesey Coastal Landscape
Red Sails at Trearddur Bay original silk painting by Jayne Huskisson
I find the coastal landscape of Anglesey particularly inspiring. Having been forged by the often-dramatic interaction between the sea and land over thousands of years, it provides breath-taking and ever-changing vistas driven by the tides and seasons. Those changing seasons bring new tones and hues to the landscape and are mood reflective, from the subdued colours of winter through the hope that is spring to the clear blue skies and summer sun which are forever uplifting bringing energy and joy. Similarly, the colours from the palette of paints which I use are bright and vibrant and for me reflect the essence of sunny days on Anglesey. Fine silk fabric is my canvas, the technique I use having a simplicity of line which gives a contemporary twist to the subject.
Red Wharf Bay original silk painting by Jayne Huskisson
With a coastline of sea cliffs, rocky inlets, panoramic beaches and shallow estuaries it is no surprise that Anglesey is home to an enormous variety of sea birds. I am fascinated by their comings and goings, linked to the tides and the seasons, and for me they are intrinsic to the character of the coast.
Terns at The Skerries original silk painting by Jayne Huskisson
A couple of years ago I was fortunate to visit, with an RSPB warden, the Tern colony at The Skerries off Anglesey’s north coast during the hatching season. What an incredibly memorable and inspirational visit.
Oystercatchers on Reflection original silk painting by Jayne Huskisson
Seen around the coastline, Oystercatchers wade on the plentiful Anglesey shoreline feeding on mussels and cockles, although they breed increasingly inland choosing instead a diet of worms.
Puffins IV original silk painting by Jayne Huskisson
The very first Puffin I saw was at RSPB South Stack Cliffs. Seasonal visitors in spring and early summer, these “clowns of the sea” as they are sometimes known always make people smile. Ynys Seiriol or Puffin Island, off Anglesey’s eastern tip, has a Puffin colony (from which it gets its English name) which although decimated in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries is now firmly re-established. A group of Puffins is called a circus.
Living on an island cannot help but remind all too often of the perils of the sea’s raw power as well as its beauty. With four RNLI stations and a total of 7 lifeboats, there can be few on Anglesey who do not know or are not related to a lifeboat crew member. For me the sight of a luminescent orange lifeboat crashing through the waves is a poignant reminder not only of their selfless service, but also of the dangers faced by the many who make their living on the sea throughout the year.
Anglesey lifeboats original silk paintings by Jayne Huskisson
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Jayne Huskisson Textile Artist
Jayne is an award-winning textile artist living near Rhosneigr on the Isle of Anglesey.
Her artwork captures the beautiful surrounding landscape of Anglesey and of north Wales with a vibrant and contemporary twist. Works include silk paintings, appliquéd artwork, limited and open edition prints and cards.
Jayne has an evident love of bright and bold colours and is continually fascinated by the fluidity of the paint as it spreads across the fine habotai silk that she paints on. These paints from the silk painting palette are encapsulated by the simplicity of line in Jayne’s artwork. Her style is naïve yet shows a sophistication and assurance in design with careful execution.
Jayne likes to make people smile and this reflects in the subject matter that she chooses which give us all a glimpse of those sunny days when life is filled with optimism and dreams.
Jayne has exhibited in Ireland and throughout Wales with work held in private collections across the world.